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Pablo Chavarría Gutiérrez
Las letras
Mexico 2017 / 75’
Kuro Lost and Beautiful

A man who existed for 13 years only in words. Mexican Alberto Patishtán Gómez, the author of the letters referred to in this groundbreaking documentary by Pablo Chavarría Gutiérrez, is a teacher and activist who publicizes human rights violations and abuses of power. This authentic person, was framed for the murder of several police officers and unjustly sentenced to 60 years in prison in 2002. In telling the story of this wrongly imprisoned social worker, the director asks several questions. What does "authentic" mean? What, from the filmmaker's perspective, is "truth?" And how can the language of film be used to reach it? Paradoxically, this is achieved by giving up the so-called realism and objectivity of the documentary filmmaker. The Letters is an essay, combining various means of expression and story lines, about the sudden disappearance of a life that goes on-the emotional landscape of absence. Gutiérrez takes a risk in contrasting archival footage with modern-dance sequences. In static shots, he contemplates the faces of those who have been hurt, only to then take his camera on a long voyage into the jungle in search of traces of violence. Is a filmmaker able in any way to get closer to the tragedy of a prisoner and their relatives?

Mariusz Mikliński


Márgenes 2016 - Best Film

Pablo Chavarría Gutiérrez

Pablo Chavarría Gutiérrez was born in Monterrey, Mexico, in 1986. He studied Biology at the University of Nuevo León but took up an interest in film. In 2012, he made the feature film Terrafeni, about a couple setting out for the Chihuahuan Desert. In Tapetum Lucidum, he tells the story of an unusual relationship between a dog and its owner. The Letters made its European premiere at the CPH:DOX festival.

Selected filmography

2012 Terrafeni

2012 Tapetum Lucidum

2015 Listy / Las letras (doc.)

2016 Alexfilm

2017 La tierra aun se mueve