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Elena de la Vara, who culled these ten films and videos from the independent film festival in Barcelona, writes that they “avoid concession to commercial production values,” but many are derivative of long-established experimental film styles. In Hester Scheurwater's I Must Be Beautiful Too (2000) a woman hides her face by brushing her hair over it, just as feminists decades ago countered their objectification by confronting or hiding from the camera. In Simon Ellis's funny Telling Lies (2001) phone conversations about sex and romance provide the sound track while titles either transcribe the speakers' remarks or provide their real meanings (in one case the word dream appears on-screen as “wank”). In Stephane Elmadjian's Freedub 1 (2002) a driving beat accompanies a montage of world leaders, marching troops, and factories, explicating the opening title “An animal is a man that reasons”). In the strangest and most original piece, Ignacio Nacho's Casa Paco (2001), a group appears to pose for a wedding picture, but then the young bride inexplicably lifts up her dress for the camera and the guests begin to drop from offscreen gunshots. 72 min.

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