As part of our collaboration with Sheffield DocFest in 2021, we curated a special retrospective of cinematic portraits by Colombian-Brazilian experimental filmmaker Paula Gaitán. We're now happy to follow it up with two of her audacious epics.

 


The two titles in this double bill of Gaitán movies show an altogether different side to her work. Switching registers away from the intense portraiture that occupied her for the better part of a decade, Gaitán here turns to the epic canvases of landscape and history. In The Volcano Exiles Gaitán traces an impressionistic, acidic pathway through memory and desire, as one woman pieces together an entire life out of photographs salvaged from a fire.

With the more than 4-hour Light in the Tropics, available on DAFilms only until November 8th, her ambition lead her to a place operating on an altogether different scale: the rich greens of the Amazon rainforest and the wintry forests of New England. Only Gaitán could make this epic historical vision, which has shades of Glauber Rocha's The Age of the Earth, on which Gaitán served as art director, work in quite this way, unfolding before our eyes as a shimmering tapestry of light, color, and a thousand indeliable sensations of life.


For a more comprehensive introduction to Gaitán's cinema, you can read this long interview with Paula Gaitán, translated by Juliano Gomes and Christopher Small as part of the Sheffield DocFest collaboration.

Share via Facebook Twitter

Films in Spotlight

DAFilms.com is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

Doc Alliance Members

Sign up to receive regular updates on our film program:

By signing up for the newsletter, I hereby consent to receiving commercial communications by electronic means and to all relevant personal data processing required for the purpose of sending the Doc-Air, z.s. newsletter. I hereby confirm that I have read and familiarized myself with the Principles of Personal Data Processing and that I consent to the text therein. I also hereby acknowledge the rights specified herein, including, without limitation, the right to submit objections against direct marketing techniques.

Poslat svému Junioru

Zavřít