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Juntas
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Juntas

Together

Nadina Marquisio, Laura Martínez Duque

2017 / Argentina, Colombia / 71 min

i Thursday 30 March 21H00 Luminor
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Original Version Subtitled in French and English + DEBATE

Shown with :
Through the Looking Glass by Yi CUI
i Friday 31 March 13H40 Petite Salle
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Original Version Subtitled in French and English + DEBATE

Shown with :
Through the Looking Glass by Yi CUI
i Saturday 01 April 14H00 Centre Wallonie Bruxelles
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Original Version Subtitled in French and English

Shown with :
Through the Looking Glass by Yi CUI

Norma and Cachita, the first lesbian couple to marry in South America when they were already 68, decide to go back to Colombia where they first met. It is no coincidence that those filming these two women, who for many years fought in support of Argentine’s law on same-sex marriage, are a couple of women. But Juntas does not “treat” a subject; it sets aside the historical story of a struggle to try and recreate the vital impetus needed to drive it. The filmmakers, already friends of the sexagenarians before the shoot, are sensitive to the emotional texture of the women’s journey in the country they had left twenty years earlier: the emotional reunion with a neighbour, the melancholy silence that follows the reading of a terse newspaper article on their story. “This house could have been the house of a lifetime…”, remarks Cachita, who later confides that she has never seen Norma happier than in Colombia. Have the two women returned here to find their romantic past? Are their reasons not inevitably different? The journey, enriched by song and dance, eases swerves bordering on fantasy, since their 20-year-old memories, embellished but patchy, seem to be delicately fading away. (Charlotte Garson)

Production: 996 Films, Triangular, Making Docs

Print source: Triangular

Nadina Marquisio and Laura Martínez Duque have created the collective Gallito Films which produces experimental short films. Together is a first feature film for both of them. Laura Martínez Duque graduated in cinema and journalism and works as a film critic for different journals and magazines. Nadina Marquisio is also an editor and video artist. Her short films have been shown at international festivals.