By Ignacio Chávarri | Intro: Isabel Beldad. August 14, 2012


Ignacio Chávarri finds in paper his fetish working element, in all its shapes and expressions. In the series of actions Presente Perfecto, he uses confetti as sole protagonist and metaphor of today, the present-here-now. Because of its lightness it falls slowly so it never ends, and becomes the turning point between what it once was and what it will be. He also draws gigantic stones against which little men fight as if they were superheroes dressed in thermal underwear. Just like Superman’s tights.

Ignacio Chávarri is an artist and takes part in the Cultural Association Mediodía Chica.

When I started thinking about this selection for visualMAG I decided to choose videos that, for one or other reason, were engraved in my mind and which I recall from time to time. I start this list with a film by Herzog I’ve seen not so long ago and which I found very disturbing. The rest came up as a result of that first choice through a series of semi-unconscious associations that make me jump from one to the next.
Examining the complete list, I see that neurosis, schizophrenia and family conflicts are present in every film in different shapes. Although at first glance it doesn't seem like a fun selection, the amount of absurdity in it means that only by remembering them I end up finding them comical. I have added a few more with a more obvious humour or which are extremely moving to give the collection a summery touch.
To present them I have chosen scenes that I especially remember, although when I couldn’t find them I went for the trailer (like Parents).
Another greatest common in this selection is that none of these films have failed to move me. I hope that, if you decide to watch any of these films (or to watch them again), you enjoy them.

My son, My son, what have ye done (Werner Herzog)

In this film, based on real events, the actor Michael Shannon plays the role of a middle-class man that has an epiphany and kills his mother. I’m not spoiling it, this is just the beginning. The locations are amazing and give the film that touch of absurdity that ends up being comical. Willem Dafoe is also incredible.

Take Shelter (Jeff Nichols)

Again, Michael Shannon. Again, his character has a vision. Again, tension and uncertainty until the end. The special effects are very subtle, appropriate and elegant.

Everything Is Illuminated (Jonathan Safran Foer)

Now is when humour comes in. Elijah Wood plays the role of a Jewish post-adolescent, collector and obsessive; priceless. He sets on a trip to his origins in the most picturesque of the companies.

Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson)

Once more, Wes Anderson shows off his style by taking every actor away from the character we are used to (except for Bill Murray); and then represents an island full of ranges of colours that match to perfection together with a moving and dry story.

Parents (Bob Balaban)

Also moving, also a little bit dry, this film shows a family situation through the eyes of the only child. Classified as terror and drama, you laugh more than suffer and, in a strange way, it takes you back to your childhood.

Together (Lukas Moodysson)

This one really is a drama! I remember that when I watched it I didn’t laugh at all but I couldn’t stop laughing when I discussed it with my viewing partner afterwards. Family drama, this time with a different structure: some sort of Swedish commune in the 70s. Good from beginning to end.

Magnolia (Paul Thomas Anderson)

Again, a bit more drama and non-stop tension for most of this film. Known by all, I recommend to see it again. I personally can't get tired from Tom Cruise’s amazing acting.

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