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This edition is taken with special optimism not only for the proposal but also for the return to theaters of Nobuhiro Suwa, Abel Ferrara or Tsai Ming-liang. PHOTOGRAPHY: D'A Film Festival
This year's edition is received with optimism not only for the production, but also the return to theaters for Nobuhiro Suwa, Abel Ferrara or Tsai Ming-liang. Photo: D'A Film Festival

The new, independent Latino talent at the 11th D'A Film Festival

Among those selected is Sol Berruezo, who brings viewers closer in Mamá, Mamá, Mamá to the dreamlike and feverish universe of a pre-adolescent girl.

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Latin America is present with its independent film proposals at the 11th edition of the D'A Film Festival held in Madrid and Barcelona, as well as virtually, to ensure both the safety of the project and the survival of theaters.

The films compete until May 9 with productions from Mexico, Chile, Argentina in the Talents competitive section. This section has a prize of 12 thousand dollars for emerging directors with a maximum of two feature films.

A total of fifteen films from thirteen countries will be presented, six of them from Latin America: Estanislao by Alejandro Guzmán Alvarez, Gran Avenida by Moisés Sepúlveda, Ricochet by Rodrigo Fiallega and Mamá, Mamá, Mamá by Sol Berruezo Pichon-Rivière.

"These are restless and urgent films, worth following closely," summarized the organizers.

At a difficult time for cinema in general and especially complicated for the most independent proposals, these have not stopped being shot and presented at festivals, despite the problem of managing the survival of large theaters.

So this edition is taken with special optimism, in addition to the proposed return to theaters of Nobuhiro Suwa from Japan, the New Yorker Abel Ferrara or Tsai Ming-liang, who won the Teddy Award at the last Berlinale. The program will include up to ninety titles.

Thrilling and warm debut

Sol Berruezo Pichon-Rivière brings us in Mamá, Mamá, Mamá to the dreamlike and feverish universe of a pre-teen who has just lost her sister and must enter the world of adults. This is her debut feature, which had its world premiere at the Berlinale 2020 and was the youngest winner of the Generation Kplus section.

Sol Berruezo Pichon-Rivière (Argentina, 1996) has a degree in directing from the Universidad del cine de Buenos Aires. She works as a director, screenwriter and photographer for film, music and advertising. After winning INCAA's Ópera Prima project competition in 2017, in 2020 she debuted with this feature film shot entirely by a team of women.

When asked about that decision in an interview she said:

"It was an artistic decision. All the characters were women and the film touches on intimate themes for girls. I felt it could be a nice experiment to do it among women. I have three younger sisters and I've always been surrounded by women. It's an area where I feel that very interesting and powerful things happen, so that's how it started to take shape. I also liked the idea of, since I was communicating something, why not communicate this experiment that works and is possible: a film in which women cover all the technical roles."

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