intimacies of shakespeare and victor hugo

December 1, 2008


Congratulations to Yulene Olaizola, who won the IDFA Student Award on Sunday for her documentary, Intimacies of Shakespeare and Victor Hugo. I was lucky enough to catch it in Oslo. I loved the way she built her film up slowly, by interviewing her grandmother in Mexico City about her life and the house she lives in there, and in particular a curious lodger she had, who, as slowly becomes apparent, had many more shadowy identities than is at first obvious.

The dusky tone of the film and her grandmother’s vigorous reminiscing give it a vaguely unsettling feel, as if you’re not always sure what’s just around the corner. Together it all made for quietly addictive viewing.


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