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La Trinchera Luminosa del Presidente Gonzalo

La Trinchera Luminosa del Presidente Gonzalo
International title La Trinchera Luminosa del Presidente Gonzalo
Year 2007
Running time 60
Director Jim Finn
Screenplay Jim Finn
Film Editing Jim Finn
Music Jim Becker, Colleen Burke
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One of the most important films of 2007, it resembles Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers in their characters, mood and ideology (they both verge on the far left at the point in which it meets the far right, or vice versa). Its tone modulation is unheard of, and Finn’s eagerness to record it shapes his somewhat Godard-like style (Dziga Vertov Group variety) by means of its characters’ voices: Shining Path fighters in a woman’s jail who recite their communist slogans mechanically in front of the camera. Finn allows them to repeat speeches by Marx, Mao, Stalin, and Presidente Gonzalo (Abimael Guzmán) about the survival of war in any society in which the smallest trace of capitalism remains. He also attends the girls’ self-criticism sessions and their verbal punishments by means of streams of abuse and insults (some of them referring to “Fidel Castro and Deng Xiao-ping’s treacherous bourgeois pigs”), without missing the tiniest detail about the fighters’ looks and bodies, possibly looking for a sign of dismay in their faces, for the least contradiction in them, as if he believed in their inborn kindness. But the film sticks to what it sees with an admirable stubbornness and with incredible brutality – ritualized word plus action