Focus: The Villain

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    Taking our cultural fascination with criminal infamy as a starting point, the focus program presents 10 films which look evil straight in the eye. All films in The Villain capture an intimate, sometimes terrifying confrontation between filmmaker and protagonist, showcasing a wide array of personifications and various strategies for getting behind the scenes of the criminal persona. In doing so, the program explores the overlap between fascination and identification, and the subjective bias that drives both humanization and disgust. Read more.

    Selected for The Villain

    Adriana’s Pact

    • Lisette Orozco
    • 2017

      The young filmmaker Lisette Orozco wanted to make a portrait of her aunt, but disturbing facts about her past soon start to emerge. Can she trust her own family? A painful search for the truth.

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      The Brink

      • Alison Klayman
      • 2019

        Trump’s ex-strategist Steve Bannon is mobilizing leading European politicians for his populist movement. This subtle portrait dissects the method behind his mission, which he fearlessly pursues despite loss and vilification.

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        The Kingmaker

        • Lauren Greenfield
        • 2019

          There’s great poverty in the Philippines, but the Marcos family is awash with money. Former First Lady Imelda Marcos proudly talks about her patriotism, but the main thing that strikes us is the deep-rooted, inexhaustible corruption.

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          The Man with the Golden Soles

          • Omar Amiralay
          • 2000

            The Syrian citizen activist and documentary filmmaker Omar Amiralay makes a portrait of the controversial Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri. When Hariri proves to be an unwilling protagonist, a subtle power struggle breaks out between them.

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            This Film Is About Me

            • Alexis Delgado Búrdalo
            • 2019

              This portrait of a woman who is imprisoned for a brutal murder isn’t about her crime or punishment, but about herself. With both the director and the protagonist having a passionate desire to make this film, an intriguing interplay unfolds.

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