Selected in the Wavelength sidebar of the Toronto film festival and at the Viennale, The Newest Olds is the second instalment in Pablo Mazzolo’s cinematic diptych exploring the natural and urban environment within and surrounding the border region of Windsor–Detroit. Conventional cinema, across all its forms, rests on this principle: when cutting or dissolving between two images, make them sufficiently different so as not to jolt the spectator. Mazzolo aims instead for a cinema of perturbation: each “fluctuating image” (as he calls it) is an amalgam of tiny, optical differences in light, colour, and shape. His short transforms Detroit’s iconic cityscapes, dislodging buildings from their foundations and collapsing the physical, political, and sensory boundaries between Canada and the United States through alchemical, in-camera, and optical printing techniques.
Pablo Mazzolo was born in 1976 in Buenos Aires, where he graduated in Image and Sound Design. His films have participated in different festivals such as the Rotterdam Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, Views from the Avant Garde, the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and the Paris Rencontres Internationales, garnering awards at Ann Arbor, Media City, National Fund of Arts and the Biennial of the Moving Image, among others. He works as a film editor and teaches at the Universidad Nacional de Quilmes. He works exclusively with analogue film.
producers Oona Mosna, Pablo Mazzolo
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