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Everything Else (Todo lo demás)

A film by Natalia Almada

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Included on 5-disc box set Personal and Political: The Films of Natalia Almada.

Doña Flor (Adriana Barraza) is a bureaucrat. It is in everything that comprises her, her non-descript beige blouse, practical heels and knee-length skirts. For over three decades she has attended frustrated and indignant citizens to whom she is nothing but an invisible, lifeless bureaucrat, and has returned each evening to her cat and solitary apartment where she makes obsessive lists of the people she attended to during the day. Inspired by Hannah Arendt’s idea that bureaucracy is one of the worst forms of violence, "Todo lo demás" explores the interior life of Doña Flor as she attempts to resurface. A kind of “observational narrative” the film is a mesmerizing contemplation on solitude.

“A rigorously observed portrait of an isolated middle-aged female factotum, fleshed out via an observational catalogue of fixed shots.” —Variety

“Makes a strong impression. A wise exploration of what it feels like to flee from a troubled world by ignoring its sorrows — until the world decides it’s time for a wakeup call.” —Indiewire

“A low-key character study whose gently repetitive rhythms mask an unusually keen sense of nuance and subtlety.” —The New York Times

“This is a first narrative feature for director Natalia Almada, and she has a documentarian's eye for how truth revels itself in seemingly nondescript details.” —48 Hills

Rome Film Festival, Italy
New York Film Festival, USA
Rio Film Festival, Brazil
Best Actress Award and Special Jury Mention, 14th Morelia Film Festival, Mexico
Special Jury Award, 18th Mumbai Film Festival, India
Mar del Plata, Argentina
Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano, Havana 2017, Cuba
Cine Latino Special Mention, 28th Palm Springs International Film Festival, California
40th Göteborg Film Festival, Sweden
Festival Internacional de Cine de Murcia, Spain, 2017
24th San Diego Latino Film Festival
Golden Gate Award New Directors prize, San Francisco International Film Festival
Images Cinema, Williamstown, MA
36th Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival
4 Jeonju International Film Festival, South Korea
20th Bermuda International Film Festival
10º Festival Ternium Monterrey de Cine Latinoamericano
Arsenal, Berlin, Germany
FIDMarseille, France
T-mobile New Horizons Film Festival, Wroclaw, Poland
SANFIC, Santiago, Chile
Sydney Latin American Film Festival, Australia
Muestra de Cine Iberoamericano, Portugal

98 minutes / Color
Spanish / English subtitles
Release: 2016
Copyright: 2016

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