Three Minutes: A Lengthening (2021) TIFF 2021

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Time is an illusion.

Albert Einstein.

It was one day in 1938. David Kurtz began shooting everyday scenes with his camera in the town of Nasielsk in Poland. Just a memory to keep from a long-awaited vacation and a trivial reminiscence of his hometown is what Kurtz imagined. Impossible to envision that those minutes of film would be immortalized by that thing that Einstein defined as an illusion. It was time that was responsible for those celluloid rolls becoming the only testament of the Nasielsk inhabitants after the Holocaust. Three Minutes: A Lengthening (2021) by Bianca Stigter combines the narration with a masterful editing to deliver a film of 1 hour and 9 minutes using only David Kurtz’s original recording as a visual resource, from which only three minutes could be rescued.

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Sundown (2021) TIFF 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5.

As if the familiar paths laid out in the summer skies could lead to both prisons and innocent dreams.

(The Outsider, Albert Camus)

With the Acapulco sun caressing his face, Neil (Tim Roth) seems to achieve nirvana. He has taken a decision and his world is about to change drastically. Sundown (2021) by Michel Franco worries us, from the subtlety an air of suspense is born that gradually lacerates us. The Mexican always finds a way to disturb us and suddenly take away our peace. His cinema explores the human soul and at the same time rigorously looks at the environment in which these beings interact.

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