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The Human Surge

  • Directed by Eduardo Williams
  • Argentina/Brazil/Portugal, 2016, 100 mins., Spanish/Portuguese

Work and leisure—particularly in the “developing” world—has inexorably shifted to a quasi-industrial, quasi-service hellscape where everything is commodified and interpersonal relations have taken on many new forms. Williams’s shape-shifting network narrative (or is it documentary?)—jumping from Buenos Aires to Mozambique to the Philippines in three linked parts all revolving around listless youth—deeply understands these dynamics and presents us with a mysterious, languid yet wholly invigorating vision of precarious employment in the age of automation. Winner of the Golden Leopard for new filmmakers at the Locarno Film Festival. In Spanish and Portuguese with English subtitles.

Reviews: Frieze, Film Comment, Brooklyn Magazine, Cinema Scope

Interviews: Interview with Eduardo Williams at Film Comment, Interview with Eduardo Williams at Reverse Shot, Interview with Eduardo Williams at Remezcla, Interview with Eduardo Williams at MUBI Notebook

First feature