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Feb 6, 2016 at 7:30 pm

The Shadow

With Tomás Dotta.


The Shadow is an intimate audiovisual essay, a confessional narration about the rise and fall of a house, of a family, of a cinematography. And about the director’s father, Hector Olivera, in his success years as the director of “La Patagonia Rebelde” (The Rebel Patagonia); as a co-productor of the grossing movies of Olmedo and Porcel; as a host of the lavish parties that were developed in the house; of the encounter with left-wing intellectuals like Bayer, Soriano, Cossa. The refinement and solitude of the house which worked more as a scenary than a home. To grow in a walled garden that contained the innocence of childhood, while outside a devastating dictatorship occurred. To take down the monumental shadow of the father in order to become oneself.

The movie was realized along 10 years, a process of deep search, in which the director worked with a Super 8 moviola and digital video, mixing formats, finding narrative construction. The sound design, created by ZYPCE, challenging and questioning the image, and generating a sound memoir that rescues sounds from the seventies.

As the director’s family house gets demolished, memory emerges from its hideouts as fragments of super 8 footage. An audiovisual essay where analog images blended with digital ones rewrite the director’s biography and reveal certain clues: the house as a stage and a monument; family relationships; life under Military dictatorship in the 70’s and the father figure as a tycoon of Argentine Cinema.

Festivals and Awards

BAFICI 2015 – Best Film ACCA (Argentine Film journalists Association)

FICCALI 2015 – Best Film International Competition

VIENNALE 2015 – Official Selection

TRANSCINEMA 2015 – Official Selection

MARGENES 2015 – CAMIRA Critics Award

TOULOUSE 2016 – Documentary Competition

72 min

Javier Olivera is an Argentine-born filmmaker and visual artist, who works primarily in film, video and photography. Trained initially in painting, he later studied film and video at UCLA and Iberoamerican literature in Spain. He wrote and directed The Visitant (1999), Floresta (2007) and the feature doc Mika: Mi Spanish War (2014). The films have obtained praising reviews and have been screened at numerous international film festivals. Alongside, since 1990 Olivera has developed a body of work that covers paintings, photographs, videos and video installations, which have been exhibited in solo and group shows in Argentina and abroad. Olivera’s work focuses on the relationship between man and nature, and how culture and memory build identity. He lives and Works in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Tomás Dotta is the Programmer of Kino Palais, audiovisual space of the Palais de Glace (National Palace of Arts), part of the Ministry of Culture in Argentina. He is focused on author cinema, documentary, experimental cinema and independent cinema.


Feb 6, 2016
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm


352 Onderdonk Avenue
Ridgewood, NY 11385 United States
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