Lobo e cão, Ordinary Failure and Pablo di Neanderthal


  • Lobo e cão
  • Ordinary Failure
  • Pablo di Neanderthal


Portugal, 2022 Director Cláudia Varejão With Ana Cabral, Ruben Pimenta, Cristiana Branquinho, Marlene Cordeiro, João Tavares, Nuno Ferreira, Mário Jorge Oliveira, Luísa Alves Running time: 111’

Cláudia Varejão was astonished by the beauty of the isle of São Miguel, the biggest of the Azores Archipelago. This is why the Portuguese director has set her first feature in this land where tradition and ancestral beliefs prevent any change and opening for its small community. Lobo e cão is the story of Ana, a young girl that has bigger dreams than the island she was born on. Thanks to her queer friends, she discovers herself and how she wants to live. Lobo e cão is played by non-professional actors, and as the director says, “the movie takes shape from my inner world, but it is also the result of a wide research among the young and the inhabitants of the Isle of São Miguel, all coming from different backgrounds and whose stories contributed significantly to the making of the film”.

Vania Amitrano


Cech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, 2022, Director Cristina Groșan, With Tatjana Medvecká, Beáta Kaňoková, Nora Klimešová, Vica Kerekes, Adam Berka, Running Time 84′

Ten years of short movies and the feature debut in 2021 are quite a good resume to consider hungarian-Romanian visual artist Cristina Groșan an interesting storyteller of social and intimate modern identities. Such as the three women leading Ordinary Failures, handling their everyday issues while a strange natural event throws the city into chaos. A troubled queer teenager prisoner of an image that does not reflect herself, an anxious mother that leaves her daughter in a mall and a widow struggling to save her robot dog that is her only company look like doomed by “Ordinary Failures”. But they want to react, for them and for a new world. Before is too late.

Mattia Pasquini


Italy 2022, Director Antonello Matarazzo, With Pablo Echaurren, Bruno Di Marino, Giuliano Sacco, Martha Festa, Mario Tozzi, Giorgio Manzi, Running Time 63’

Pablo Echaurren is an artist whose production goes from painting to comics. He’s the author of critical essays about Futurism and The Ramones. He also directed the documentary Piccoli ergastoli (1997), written with Giuseppe Valerio Fioravanti and Francesca D’Aloja and played by the convicted, the guards and the volunteers of Rebibbia penitentiary in Rome. The movie premiered as a special event in Venice. Pablo di Neanderthal comes from the meet-up of Echaurren with director, video artist and painter Antonello Matarazzo. They both want to discover what could have happened if Neanderthal Man had overwhelmed Homo Sapiens. How human race would have developed? Which is the relationship between art and evolutionism? And why does evolution act like a handyman? This is not a documentary nor a portrait of Pablo Echaurren as the artist, but a reflection in kaleidoscopic shape about our past, present and future.

Oscar Cosulich

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