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4th DMZ Docs(2012)

I AM DOCU



The Bella Vista

Alicia CANO

  • Uruguay, Germany
  • 2012
  • 73min
  • HD
  • color

Synopsis

On the outskirts of a small provincial city in Uruguay, the Bella Vista Football Club lost its final game and was eliminated from its category, due to a fight broke out between the fans and players. The club house was turned it into a successful transvestite brothel. Every night the neighborhood was overrun with cars, bicycles, horses, moans, shouts and fighting. Local residents brought these stories to the attention of Patón Lerena, former director of the club, patriarch of a large family and local strongman. He immediately gathered a group together to evict the ‘undesirable’ elements from the club. As if to exorcize the sinful past that had impregnated the place, the local residents established a Catholic chapel there. Since then, guided by a cheerful nun, the children attend catechism classes and dance and sing their praises to the Lord in the rooms that formerly housed the brothel. Inspired by the director’s personal experiences, the director believes the way of approaching this story, full of machismo and intolerance from a woman’s perspective, is an opportunity to cross over and share a point of view of the story, reflecting about prejudice and exposing the hypocrisy of the so-called ‘decent society.’

Review

Director

  • Alicia CANO

    Born in 1982, Uruguay. She works at the University of La República teaching cinema in Fine Arts Faculty, and as a freelance filmmaker. She took Master degree in documentary cinema in the Università Cattolica from Milan, Italy and stay there for three years working as a filmmaker for the documentary serial Reparto Maternità in Fox Life. She has just finished her first feature-length documentary The Bella Vista that was awarded production funds from World Cinema Fund - Berlinale, ITVS research and development, ICAU - Cinema Institute in Uruguay. She’s currently preparing a short documentary film for Why Poverty.  The Bella Vista (2012)​ 

Credit

  • ProducerAlicia CANO, Thomas MAUCH
  • Cinematography Arauco Hernandez HOLZ
  • Editor Fernando EPSTEIN
  • Sound Daniel YAFALIAN, Rafael ALVAREZ

Production Company / Distributor / World Sales

Production Company  Alicia Cano & MJ Producciones 

Distributor/Sales  Taskovski Films

Address  7 Granard Business Centre, Bunns Lane, London NW7 2DQ UK

Tel  39 347 62 73 390

E-mail  sales@taskovskifilms.com​