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301 Ratings

The Human Surge

El auge del humano

Directed by Eduardo Williams
Argentina, Brazil, 2016


Buenos Aires. Exe, 25 years old, has just lost his job and is not looking for another one. Online, he meets Alf, a boy from Mozambique who is also bored with his job and who is about to follow Archie, another boy who has run away into the jungle.

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The Human Surge Directed by Eduardo Williams

Awards & Festivals

Locarno International Film Festival

2016 | Winner: Golden Leopard - Filmmakers of the Present

2016 | Special Mention: Best First Feature

Village Voice Film Poll

2017 | Nominee: Best First Feature

What are people saying?

  • Jason's rating of the film The Human Surge

    Commanding assertion of a fledgling vision. THE HUMAN SURGE is a tremendous achievement, formally self-generative, exploratory, UFO-like. Maybe a little too Undergrad Philosophy. I'm reminded of the title card in Godard's WEEKEND: "a film found on a scrap heap." (I mean that in the best way possible.) In some ways it also invokes some of the bulky networked films of Richard Linklater. One hell of a calling card.

  • AugusteB's rating of the film The Human Surge

    The future of cinema... or maybe just a fantastic avant-garde film

  • josé neves's rating of the film The Human Surge

    Digital. Indie Lisboa # 8. Another nth film that practices a persecutory handy camera's realism, shaking like Lilian Gish's hair in Sjostrom's wind, which finds no interest in his project other than the tricks that in the fiction allow to do "Ah!". The links between the various parts are good, but too inflated, while what happens in each chapter is a strenuous attempt to attach a discursiveness to it.

  • Lynch/Fellini's rating of the film The Human Surge

    Eduardo Williams is the daydreamer of modern cinema (a huge compliment) finding more interest in landscape and experience over plot and character. This is the future of cinema.

  • EdieEmm's rating of the film The Human Surge

    Something about this film felt inevitable; parallel to an increase in World Press Photo submissions featuring people w/ cell phones who just a few years ago wouldn't have had them... Now finally a fully global generation. The film feels both defining & anonymous; so necessarily emerging from this time that it blends in like wallpaper. I'll probably never think of it again, except maybe academically. Still, ambitious!

  • msmichel's rating of the film The Human Surge

    Interesting debut feature from Williams that follows the actions/daily life of young men on three different continents that entails 'feeding an insatiable need for human connection through technology (Koresky, Film Comment)'. Slow cinema with a couple of rewarding sequences notably the ant hill sequence. Not for all tastes.

  • saitosouta's rating of the film The Human Surge

    Acest film este "Slacker" nou în anii' 10. Călătorind în trei continente, acest film descrie, într-un mod scurt și la obiect, trei tineri care își trăiesc viață languroasă și annulus nesfârșit al apocalipsei călduțe ia la suprafață de granularitate. Este destul de ciudat dar temerar și nemaivăzut. // 今作は2010年代における新たなる「スラッカー」だ。3つの大陸を股にかけ、3人の若者が気怠い日常を生きる姿を執拗かつ淡々と描き出す末、フィルムの粒子に生温い黙示録の終わりなき螺旋が浮かび上がる。頗る奇妙だが大胆不敵で素晴らしい。

  • Sunil Chauhan's rating of the film The Human Surge

    Meandering with lighting that seems to be on auto-adjust (weirdly this gave the film an interesting visual unpredictability) and hinged around scenes of offbeat, curious conversations. Could easily feel self indulgent but is too light on its feet for that to happen. Reminded me in places of Carlos Reygadas and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

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