OFFICIAL SELECTION / INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION   FIDMARSEILLE 2013

international premiere / first film competition

   

RICARDO BÄR

 



Gerardo NAUMANN et Nele WOHLATZ

 

 

ARGENTINA
2013
Colour
HD
92’

Original version
Spanish, portuguese, german
Subtitles
English
Image
Lucas Gaynor
Sound
Francisco Pedemonte, José María Avíles
Editing
Felipe Guerrero
Casting
Ricardo Bär, Inés Bär, Samuel Bär, Diego Littmann, Fabio Fiebke, Pastor Carlos Zeitler

Production
Subterránea Films, Zentral Cine

Filmography
– NOVIOS DEL CAMPO, 2009

In Aurora, an Argentinian village near the Brazilian border, a young man works in the fields but dreams of becoming a minister. Before entering the seminary, he becomes the main character of a film which is named after him. Gerardo Naumann and Nele Wholatz's ambitious gamble of a project is based on this seemingly simple premise. While we follow the various stages of the story, the directors become the scrupulous narrators of the on-going shooting story. As precise as illusionists disclosing their cards, they achieve before our very eyes the real feat of the film: making the portrait of the inhabitants of Aurora. Because these descendants of German immigrants shy away from the camera; Ricardo embodies them perfectly, with his strictness and his determination never to look at the camera, even when showing it gestures rehearsed to perfection. The film, too, reaches perfection in the underlying portrait it gives of this cross-cultural community, which speaks Portunhol but sings the liturgy in German. It goes beyond the mere making-of to become an object at once subtle, complex, but clear and polished, like a multifaceted gem. Never does it lose itself in the quest for its character, at once a farmer-preacher, a spokesperson and an actor, who is finally replaced in the fields by the filmmaker, in a gesture congruent with this cultural mix. [ Céline Guénot ]

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