True North | Future//Present
Director Andrea Bussmann (Tales of Two Who Dreamt) takes us on a perpetually surprising and sensual journey in her solo feature debut, shot on the Oaxacan coast. Set in a liminal space between our world and heaven and hell, Goethe’s version of the Faust legend is echoed in stories of colonization, greed and the limitations of human perception, revealing the illusory nature of the distinction between what we can and cannot see. Opening with three mysterious dimly lit shots at night, the viewer is inspired to call into question what they are looking at and what it means. Who is the narrator? Are we watching characters or people? What is real, what isn’t, and does that even matter? Fausto is a testament to cinema’s capability as a vessel through which to search for meaning—even as it mystifies the world around us. Tales of shape-shifters, telepathic animals, how a man stole the moon and the clash between humankind and the spirit world all collide in this mesmerizing blend of myth and reality.
— Adam Cook
Preceded By: ante mis ojosDirector: Lina Rodriguez / ON, 2018, 7 min.
Set on Colombia’s Lake Guatavita, the sacred site that inspired the legend of El Dorado, this is a richly textured meditation on landscape and its abstract contours.