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3.5
549 Ratings

Fausto

Directed by Andrea Bussmann
Mexico, Canada, 2018
Avant-Garde

Synopsis

On the Oaxacan coast of Mexico, tales of shapeshifting, telepathy and dealings with the devil are embedded in the colonization of the Americas. Characters from the Faust legend mingle with the inhabitants, while attempting to control nature through a seemingly never-ending building project.

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Fausto Directed by Andrea Bussmann

Awards & Festivals

Locarno International Film Festival

2018 | Special Mention: Filmmakers of the Present

CPH-DOX

2019

Mar del Plata International Film Festival

2018 | Winner: Best Feature Film - Latin American Competition

Set along Mexico’s beautiful Oaxacan coast, it’s about the ways in which stories, myths, legends, etc. can be creatively projected onto the physical/natural world, creating webs, or constellations, of meaning, yet never (in Fausto’s case) at the expense of the essential, intractable mysteriousness of that landscape.
October 15, 2018
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The narration often feels like a sly counterpoint, or an unreliable tether to the surreal images flashing across the screen, like a dream slowly fading into dawn.
September 24, 2018
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Not so much a retelling of the “Faust” story as a meditation on the Faustian bargain itself and its implications for epistemology, Fausto is a film that bears traces of Borges, Ruíz, Duras, and Apichatpong, but remains wholly original.
September 05, 2018
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