Alexis Dos Santos' UNMADE BEDS, which had its New York debut last night at the FSLC's yearly New Directors/New Films series, to the writer/director's first full-length film Glue is worthwhile, I think. Both are lively and loose, yet not so loose as to lose the intelligent viewer who's willing to keep up with Señor Dos Santos' swift pacing, his quick cuts from one set of characters or events to another, and most of all, his seemingly haphazard grasp of technique -- which is actually rather knowing. His visuals, often smashingly original, match the mindset of his characters.
Fernando Tielve as Axl and Katia Winter as Hannah.
In Glue, a teenager tries to come to terms with life, and the movie captures teen sexuality in all its raw and crazy vitality. With imagination (and an original color palette), the writer/director, his crack cinematographer (Natasha Braier) and editors (Ida Bregninge, Leonardo Brzezicki and Dos Santos himself) manage to create a new look and feel that perfectly portray the age, confusion and raging hormones of its lead characters.
|An already quite "international" filmmaker, Dos Santos himself appeared at the screening, galumping down the aisle toward the microphone with speed and charm when first introduced. I could not stay for the Q&A, but I would love to learn more about this up-and-coming writer/director, who told us, pre-film, that being included twice in the ND/NF film series made him feel "young." Which is fine, as this should indicate more loose-'n-lively movies in the years to come. (Shown above: Michiel Huisman)|
Unmade Beds screens one more time during the New Directors/New Films series: Monday night, March 30, at 9 at MoMA.