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The Human Surge

Friday, April 14, 2017
6:00 p.m.
Roxie Theater

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Saturday, April 15, 2017
8:30 p.m.
YBCA Screening Room

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Guests Expected

Director Eduardo Williams expected.


Eduardo Williams has steadily made a name for himself with a series of indelible shorts featuring young protagonists adrift in strange environments. In his debut feature, a prizewinner at Locarno, he takes the premise further, crafting a dreamlike three-part drama where youths from Argentina, Mozambique, and the Philippines are connected by invisible, electronic, or even subterranean means. Without clear demarcations between work and leisure, or public and private space, the camera itself seems at a loss to define its relationship to these figures: Are they documentary subjects? Narrative protagonists? Virtual avatars? The only constant is movement. The Human Surge’s thrilling horizontal jumps between disparate settings, tones, and palettes suggest the connective logic of the internet, making it all the more ironic that, in a sly riff on Beckett, the characters spend much of their time looking for a way online. Consistently inventive, The Human Surge burrows into three continents and finds surprising associations. –Max Goldberg

Filmmaker Bio(s)

After studying at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires, Eduardo Williams directed a series of peripatetic shorts including Tan atentos (2010), Could See a Puma (2011), That I’m Falling (2013), and I Forgot! (2014). His debut feature, The Human Surge, won the Golden Leopard in the "Filmmakers of the Present" section of the Locarno Film Festival.
Film Details
  • Country(ies): Argentina/Brazil/Portugal
  • Language(s): Spanish, Portuguese, Cebuano
  • Year: 2016
  • Running time: 97
  • Director(s): Eduardo Williams
  • Producer(s): Violeta Bava, Rosa Martínez Rivero, Jerónimo Quevedo, María Victoria Marotta, Rodrigo Teixeira, Rodrigo Areias
  • Writer(s): Eduardo Williams
  • Cinematographer(s): Joaquin Neira, Julien Guillery, Eduardo Williams
  • Editor(s): Alice Furtado, Eduardo Williams
  • With: Sergio Morosini, Shine Marx, Domingos Marengula

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Ruda Cine
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1426 Buenos Aires, Argentina

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