This is the first of Diego Risquez’ trilogy of avant-garde cinematic treatments of historical subjects. Using a painterly style, the film provides an experimental interpretation of the arrival of the Spanish and their domination of the New World.
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There must be a reason behind presenting an episode rich in consequences in this fragmentary fashion, as if underneath the broken narrative survives the belief that he who knows exactly how things came to be is the agent who’ll suffer the fate of the inventor in Kafka’s Penitentiary Colony – the most knowledgeable one will be devoured by Chronos, whose inner machinery he devises and explains. Instead of an extensive,