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Author: Leonardo Goi

A tragedy of two worlds – on Nelson Carlo De Los Santos’ Cocote

Locarno Festival’s Signs of Life sidebar showcases experimental features that push film language towards unexplored paths. Dominican director Nelson Carlo De Los Santos Arias’s Cocote fits the bill: a haunting tale of homecoming and religious strife, Cocote is a visually captivating nightmarish vision. De Los Santos Arias follows Alberto, a devout evangelical from the Dominican Republic who has left his home village and family in the country’s southwest coast and settled in Santo Domingo to work as a gardener in a wealthy villa. After his father is brutally assassinated by a local cop, Alberto returns to the village to...

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Hunched Bodies, Fragile Selves – Eliza Hittman’s Beach Rats

“I don’t really know what I like,” Frankie tells the gay men he spends his summer nights video chatting with. A Brooklyn boy in his teens, he lives a double life: acting tough with his bros by day, watching older men undress and masturbate on video by night. Four years after her immersive directorial feature debut, It Felt Like Love, writer-director Eliza Hittman returns with a haunting coming of age story, in which a teenager comes to terms with his sexuality. Premiered at Sundance, where Hittman received the Directing Award, Beach Rats was screened in Locarno as part of...

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