A Mother's Bind: Close-Up on Romina Paula's "Again Once Again"

A Mother's Bind: Close-Up on Romina Paula's
Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Romina Paula's Again Once Again, which is receiving an exclusive global online premiere on Mubi, is showing from July 29 – August 27, 2020 in Mubi's Debuts series.What makes us who we are? Can we trace our evolution, or are we destined to seek blindly? These questions percolate Romina Paula’s ironic and self-searching debut fiction, Again Once Again, co-directed with Rosario Cervio. Paula, whom most viewers know from the films of Argentine directors Matías Piñeiro and Mariano Llínas (La Flor), is not only an accomplished actress, but also a fiction writer and theater director. Now in Paula's co-directed debut, the title suggests the method: In a series of vignettes on contemporary motherhood, Paula plays a fictionalized version of herself, who, again and again, tries to pin down what’s become of her, and why. This quest is done alongside Paula's
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Private Fictions: A Spotlight on Neighboring Scenes

Above: LemebelIn Joanna Reposi Garibaldi’s documentary, Lemebel—an ardent homage to the Chilean artist, essayist and queer activist Pedro Lemebel that opens Neighboring Scenes festival dedicated to Latin American cinema—Lemebel looks at the black-and-white photograph of his adolescent self and his mother, leaning into each other, and croons repeatedly, “My mommy… my mommy.” It’s a moment so whispery and delicate a filmmaker less attuned to its emotional portent would have probably edited it out. But Garibaldi clearly sees her work as a farewell not just to the artist but also the person, an emphasis on affect that cuts across the various programs. When Garibaldi’s film opens, Lemebel, who passed away in 2015, from laryngeal cancer, is already quite frail. His physical state makes for a poignant contrast to his intellectual vitality, as demonstrated in clips from his lectures, and also to the provocative and often taxing nature of his early performances.
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