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The movie describes the social conflicts in Chile during the period of its modernization, and will be one of four Latin American films presented at the event.
The Chilean film “Huacho” will be one of the four Latin American movies that will compete at the Jeonju Cinema Festival, one of the most prestigious of South Korea. The event is scheduled to take place between 29 April and 7 May next, revealed the organizers of the event.
Eleven movies will be presented at the festival, among them, “Castro”, by the Argentine Alejo Moguillansky; “Crab Trap” (“El vuelco del cangrejo”), by the Colombian Óscar Ruiz Navia, and (more…)
El Vuelco del Cangrejo/Crab Trap (Columbia, 2009)
Starring Arnobio Salazar Rivas and Rodrigo Vélez
Directed by Oscar Ruiz Navia
What can only be called as a cinematographer’s wet dream, “Crab Trap” (described as a weaving of documentary and fiction) is certainly a feast for the eyes. Each shot is like a still life portrait that hangs in your favorite art museum. The light is caught just right. The subjects of the photographs emote for the camera. The viewer thinks, “I want to be there, in that picture.”
But “Crab Trap” isn’t a portrait hanging in the Met, it’s supposed to be a film, ‘moving pictures’ that tell a compelling story about characters you love or love to hate. Unfortunately Navia directs the cinematic equivalent of a really pretty girl with no smarts- so nice to look at but you’d rather she didn’t speak. The film claims to be about the everyday life of the jungle village in La Barra, Columbia, and that it is. But I was left wondering, “What about La Barra? What are you trying to tell me? What is the point of your story?” (more…)