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Eldorado XXI

Instrueret af Salomé Lamas
Frankrig, Portugal, 2016


Set in the highest settlement in the world, La Rinconada y Cerro Lunar (5500m), in the Peruvian Andes. Moved by the same interests as in the ancient times, people live and work in the most precarious of conditions. An illusion of gold and a better life leads men to self destruction.

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Eldorado XXI Instrueret af Salomé Lamas
The soundtrack cycles through local radio stories and workers relaying their own tales of suffering, exploitation and mysterious deaths. The film’s second half doesn’t lessen the back-breaking severity of life in La Rinconada but it gives a variety of weathered and weary human faces that – as previously – transform the effect from sympathy to empathy. What initially seems as though it might be purely aesthetic formal experimentation takes on tangible emotional and political weight.
April 27, 2017
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The first half contains a bravura 57-minute shot that depicts the daily drudgery of the miner’s passage up and down the cliff face to their workplace, whilst a collage of overlaid audio generates a sense of the richness of all that surrounds this largely futile pursuit… The information absorbed through the preceding assortment of radio, conversation, and testimony from the townspeople comes to provide a more informed, emotionally resonant basis from which to receive the material that follows.
April 10, 2017
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In a film of breathtaking imagery and haunting sound, Portuguese director Salomé Lamas captures the otherworldly atmosphere of this weather-wracked outpost, as a stream of radio reports and oral stories.
December 26, 2016
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  • Lance L O T's rating of the film Eldorado XXI

    So let's start with the first scene, very much like Plato's cavern, where it takes a while to adapt to it and to endure it, but then we get it and we are interested in it. The film is very good, as it takes us to one of the asses of the world and let us dwell there. Should you manipulate the audience? I wish I had been, since the last part of the film with the church and festivities is too normal for such a place.

  • Nadin's rating of the film Eldorado XXI

    Very impressive work, which you need to be prepared for. It isn't an easy film, but the beautiful cinematography, the stunning landscapes, and the story itself are rewarding. I don't advise to see it after several other films on the same day. It needs to remain a standalone piece so that you can really immerse yourself.

  • josé neves's rating of the film Eldorado XXI

    Digital. After an introduction to the documented space, the first 50 minutes of film, a single sequence shot with sound worked from various sources, is a "morceau de bravoure" that summarizes and should be the film itself. The second part, although presenting magnificently framed images, follows a more customary documentary with some avoidable folklore, which in a way denies its previous part.

  • ig_____or's rating of the film Eldorado XXI

    A primeira hora de podcast foi desencorajadora, apenas balizada por dois testemunhos mais cativantes: um sobre um drama familiar narrado pela mãe e outro sobre rituais obscuros e pagãos em La Rinconada. Finalmente terminado o sobe e desce de mineiros, qualquer coisa era bem-vinda... por isso a segunda hora lá acabou por oferecer algo de mais palpável sobre as pessoas e o local.

  • bernardovazdecastro's rating of the film Eldorado XXI

    It’s very difficult to sustained a shot like that in the begging, but Lamas did it splendid. Unfortunately, she change the abstract universe in the benning for a more concrete and banal form, filming the faces, the houses, the places and their rituals.

  • JoAnne Voightlander's rating of the film Eldorado XXI

    Director Lamas conceived a genuine experiment for this film, and succeeded. The two halves- one monotonous & dark, the other filled with variety, color, & music- represent the lives of the people of this mining region, an existence by no means entirely torturous but also never truly free. The mountain looms over bodies & minds. Even after hours of faith & friendship, sun & fire, an open shaft waits at the end.

  • Sarah Pietsch's rating of the film Eldorado XXI

    Unforgettable. Mountains, mines, misery and monotonous lives. Survival and despair, struggle and defeat. The tenacity of people with nowhere else to turn, eking out a living in the harshest conditions. Joyous moments too though, the women chatting and chewing coca, and thank goodness for the burst of music and merriment at the end. Whew.

  • Samuel Wells's rating of the film Eldorado XXI

    The film is quiet and subdued, showcasing a deep understanding of the distant and disaffected camera. Finding that emotional distance and allowing solely the actors' performances carry the emotional heft to the film raises it above many others. It strikes the balance and grows tension as the world develops. The touch and craft is poignant, though ultimately without payoff. I was left wanting something more.

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