Invitation to a cursed landscape

HISTORY: Manque La Banca's Esqui places the spectator in arabesque labyrinths

Berlinale’s Forum programmes are well known for giving space to risk-taking films. Experimental, often with complex form, narratives rolling out in different directions, perturbing images challenging the concept of time can be found here. Esqui (Ski) by the Argentinian filmmaker Manque La Banca takes this challenge and convinces. He not only arranges drifting aesthetic forces but presents them in an elegant elliptic structure, creating movement from different peripheries to a possible centre, including an internal turning point that radically twists the narrative around. The result is an impressive impressionist work.

Esqui, a film by Manque La Banca
Esqui, a film by Manque La Banca

The monster in the lake

Starting with sequences about ski education, partly in slow loops, disturbed by image flashes from entirely different scenes but also marked by a permanent flickering and a partly distorted sound, the spectator immediately feels something is wrong in this harmless world. A dead body flowing in a mountain ditch opens up . . .

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Dieter Wieczorek
Wieczorek is a film critic and regular contributor to Modern Times Review.
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