La libertad is neither a documentary nor a pure feature film. The director depicts one day in the life of a young Argentinian lumberjack Misael, who leads a solitary life in a tent in the wilderness. The camera follows him during his everyday duties, creating his story in front of our eyes. As Alonso says: “We spend half of our lives doing routine activities and we don’t realise it. I wanted to record these inconspicuous moments so that the audience can start to wonder what they are doing with their lives”.
The film La liberdad was chosen by Gerardo Nauman.
LISANDRO ALONSO (born 1975) is one of the most talented and distinctive creators of Argentinian cinema and considered a “film phenomenon” by European critics. In his works he skilfully creates an atmosphere of anxiety and surprise, and at the same time of contemplation. He is a radical minimalist and a preacher of poetic naturalism. The very personal style of his films is characterised by the slow pace of narration and succinct dialogues. La libertad (2001) is the director’s full-length debut and the first part of a trilogy comprising Los muertos (2004) (which is also included in this year’s film programme of Malta) and Fantasma (2006), all of which were screened at the Cannes Festival.