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Polvo (El)

Country: Argentina, Language: Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, 73 mins

  • Director: Nicolas Torchinsky
  • Writer: Nicolas Torchinsky
  • Producer: Daniela Martínez Nannini, Nicolas Torchinsky

CGiii Comment

When someone dies, the first gestures of mourning are both pragmatic and ritual: tidying up, throwing away, making space, stirring up the dust. Thanks to the care taken in the framing, which leaves the faces of loved ones permanently off-camera, Nicolás Torchinsky’s movie materializes this work of mourning by soberly constructing the space left empty by the filmmaker's aunt. In a fragmentary and oblique manner, considering mourning as a shared affair and trans identity as an intimate politics, this film portrays the dead woman and her journey to become the woman she was.

The figure of July comes to life little by little, as if in a spell, invoked through words, but above all through her spaces, her things, her photos, her wigs, her clothes, her favorite music. And she weaves a biography that, like that mirror that still hangs on her wall, reflects the history of an entire community.


EL POLVO / DUST - Official Trailer - Dir. Nicolás Torchinsky from Nicolas Torchinsky on Vimeo.