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Christian Poveda is a French-Spanish photographer and director.

His political commitment during the war in Vietnam in the 70s enabled him to experiment with the power of images and their influence on certain events. This was the inspiration that pushed him to work in the field of photojournalism and documentary making. All his work is focused on extraordinary social and political facts. His filmography includes over 16 documentaries presented at the most prestigious film festivals and television markets in the world. La Vida Loca is one of these and was presented at the San Sebastian Film Festival in 2008. Christian Poveda’s work has been published in Actuel, Bunte, Cambio 2008, El Pais, Epoca, Figaro Magazine, GEO, Interviù, Express, Observer, Le Monde 16, Mondial Basket, Newsweek, New York Times, Nova Magazine, Panorama, Paris Match, Photo, Picnic, Playboy, Quick, Sete, Stern, Time Magazine and VSD.

 

LA VIDA LOCA

In Central America they are referred to as the maras: modeling themselves on Los Angeles youth gangs, these groups are now spreading terror in El Salvador and further afield. La Vida Loca is a study of a violent phenomenon that has been imported from the USA.

This violence is the result of a childhood at once terrifying and hateful. It is the hatred of those who have had everything taken away and have been given nothing back in return. It is the hatred of those who have never had anything. The hate born of exploitation, submission and daily humiliation. A hatred that is strangely captivating and embodies the disintegration of family life within Salvadorian society and the despair in which these young people have grown up.

La Vida Loca is what life is really about over there: youths who suffer, who defy us, who look down on us, who resent and dislike us. Though this vision of evil stirs up our fears and provokes nightmares, I also hope it shall invoke compassion and cause us to question our notion of the world. And so, like cornered dogs, this lost generation responds with pessimism, revolt and death.

A total lack of communication!

La Vida Loca is a documentary about absolute human solitude.

The maras have been compared to 'marabundas', voracious Amazonian ants that devour everything in their path…


WORLD PREMIERES

- Festival de San Sebastian - International Film Festival, Spain
- "Visa Pour l'Image" - International Festival of Photojournalism, Perpignan, France
- Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia, Mexique
- Festival Internacional San Luis Cine, Argentina
- Festival du Scoop et du Journalisme d'Angers (Medaille d’honneur), France
- IDA's 2008 IDA Documentary Awards Competition
- Pare Lorentz Award Finalists (USA)
- Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano de La Habana. (Special mention at the Prix documentaire de la Mémoire), Cuba
- DocPoint, Helsinki Documentary Film Festival, Helsinki, Finlandia
- Göteborg Film Festival, Göteborg, Sweden
- Ambulante 2009, Gira de Documentales, Mexique
- Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara, Mexique
- Cinema Novo Festival, Bruges, Belgium

 
Rosora @ Palazzo Luminari
Castelplanio @ Abbazia de' Frondigliosi | Screening of La Vida Loca - friday 29 may 9.30 pm
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