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World Cinemascape: Spectrum

Everything Else

DIRECTOR Natalia ALMADA World Cinemascape: Spectrum구분없음
Nation Mexico 201698minDCPcolor Fiction
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Dona Flor is a bureaucrat. She has worked in the same government office in Mexico City for over 35 years. One day her life becomes unhinged and she goes to the pool seeking solace in the water.

  • Review

    This is the first feature film by Mexican director Natalia Almada a documentarian. Everything Else is inspired by German philosopher Hannah Arendt, who said ´bureaucratic de-humanization is the most vicious form of violence´. Dona Flor is a middle-aged government employee with a mind-numbing life routine. Her dull life leads to an inhospitable disdain towards the citizens at the public office. Instead resolving civil complaint, she oversteps her power and raises the gauge of anger. When Dona loses the only being that she cared for, ironically she is in danger. The film investigates how corruption and oppression by violent power structures affects humans. The strictly controlled style using the persistent take of the handheld camera, repetitive composition makes the depravity of the system theme captivating. [JANG Byungwon]

  • Credit

    Director Natalia ALMADA
    Screenplay Natalia ALMADA
    Producer Natalia ALMADA, Alejandro DE ICAZA
    Cinematography Lorenzo HAGERRMAN
    Art Director Sandra CABRIADA
    Editor Dave CERF, Natalia ALMADA
    Music Marc RIBOT, Dave CERF
    Sound Alejandro DE ICAZS
    Cast Adriana BARRAZA


Natalia ALMADA

A photographer and documentary filmmaker. She is a filmmaker whose work focuses on Mexican history, politics, and culture with insightful and poetic films that push the boundaries of how the documentary form addresses social issues. Her films include El Velador(2011), El General(2009), All Water Has a Perfect Memory(2001), and Al Otro Lado(2005). She won the 2009 Sundance Directing Award Documentary for her film El General.