Previously at the ICA - Films
28 Apr 2018
This screening is a UK premiere
This screening is followed by a Q&A with director Nelson Carlo de Los Santos Arias, hosted by FoR18 festival curator Nico Marzano. Meet the director after the Q&A at the #FoR18 Closing Party in the ICA Nash and Brandon Rooms: free to attend for Cocote ticket holders
A sensory portrait of the syncretic, multi-layered landscape of the Dominican Republic, Cocote takes ethical expectations and family feuds as its focus. The film follows evangelical Christian Alberto as he returns home to attend the funeral of his murdered father and finds that he is expected to take part in rituals that are in conflict with his beliefs. As he draws out the possibilities and complexities of a world in which multiple histories intertwine, director Nelson Carlo de Los Santos Arias opens space for what he terms a new kind of 'mulatto' filmmaking.
Playing on the border between fiction and non-fiction, the film resists one-dimensional identifications, juxtaposing ethnographic recordings with fictional scenes in which both professional and non-professional actors appear. Shifting between tones and textures, it offers an immersive and visceral engagement with violence of different kinds: the violence of loss, of family dispute, and ultimately, of history.
Locarno Film Festival Signs of Life Award Winner
Cocote, dir. Nelson Carlo de Los Santos Arias, Dominican Republic/Argentina/Germany/Qatar 2017, 106 mins, Spanish with English subtitles
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