Minari
CULTURE

A new beginning

The interlocutor in Minari is both the Korean family that wants to placate itself in American soil and culture and the characters (people, climate, landscape…) with which he interacts in a story about family survival and cultural identity. […]

CULTURE

The presence that lifts

With six Oscar nominations, “The Father”, (Florian Zeller, 2020), win in the section that is or leaves without any prize of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, it will remain one of those unforgettable dramas, however hard and beautiful, where existential twilight is accompanied with great desire by love. With excellent performances, the film insists on the necessary presence of the children or one of them in the house, as a consolation for parents who have already aged. It is then worth thinking of the elders who are isolated or abandoned by their nearest beings. According to Pope Francis, this gesture, in addition to mutilating and impoverishing the family, “deprives young people of that necessary contact with their roots and with a wisdom that youth alone cannot attain”. […]

CULTURE

Film and the Narratives of Pain

Film art has expressed, although referring to past and present realities, the pain that is in the air and that is breathed. Thus they reach the nominations of the 2021 Oscars films that echo the pain from a variety of performances that allude to uncomfortable subjects, open, bleeding wounds, of the societies in which we live. As hard as those films are (and they are) must be seen. To remember, or to learn. […]

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Pandemic, culture and interiority

In the most recent printed issue of Palabra Nueva, the Catholic intellectual Dr. Roberto Méndez reviews the months lived in total lockdown during the year 2020 and identifies this time as a test of patience, sanity and humility. When 2021 advances amid great uncertainty, the poet and essayist recapitulates past life and takes advantage of being, like St Augustine, a millimeter closer in the search for transcendence. […]

No Picture
CULTURE

Nomadland, the infinite journey to nowhere

It’s not hard to see why a film like Nomadland is reaching awards and nominations above the rest of the 2020 film productions: it’s a film that deals, in depth, with a cardinal theme in our lives: our place of belonging, in connection with others, like family and friendship, to which it is imbric, organically , one of the oldest issues of all cultures: the journey […]

CULTURE

A night in Miami

A fictional reunion between four prominent African-Americans, Cassius Clay, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown, is the substrate of the film “A Night in Miami,” based on Kemp Powers’s eponymous play, who is also the screenwriter of the Regina King-directed film play. […]

CULTURE

Take the package

Durante algún tiempo, desde Palabra Nueva hemos recomendado y comentado algunas propuestas, especialmente fílmicas, incluidas en el llamado “paquete semanal”. Es nuestro propósito seguir con esta sección. Pero esta vez queremos ahondar en lo que en Cuba muchos consideran como alternativa audiovisual: “El paquete no (se) impone como la televisión. Su democracia está en que acoge porque oferta”. […]

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There is no compensation, but justice

The film Fragments of a Woman does not focus on a story about motherhood. This proposal by hungarian director Mundruczó (AFTA – Day After Day, Pleasant Days, Little Apocrypha No.1, Joan of Arc on the Nightbus…), which has featured screenwriter Kata Wéber, wants to show the sudden collapse of a life project in the face of desire and the possibility of a couple (Sean and Martha) making family. Martha’s character will offer a lesson in humanity above what everyone expects. […]