DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Project 55

Project 55

A historic Argentinean event, the bombing of the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires by the military in a coup d’état on 16 June 1955, is haunting a filmmaker’s nightmares, though he was only born in 1978. As if the ghosts of national history had recruited him, who never saw a war in his life: as a medium to work through this trauma. He and some colleagues initiate a project of audiovisual basic research. How can one translate and communicate the experience of war at all? Or, in other words: is history a stream or a pile? The film discourse of “Project 55” seems like the slow fabrication of thoughts by talking or filming. And if this reminds anyone of Heinrich von Kleist it’s neither coincidental nor intentional but inevitable. The journey of this film goes from Buenos Aires via Vietnam and nuclear arms tests back to family history – or rather that part of history that is yet to be written by future generations.

Sounds rather cerebral? Certainly! But whoever started the rumour that films should be made from the hip? There is some sense in every sensuality – and not just in the words.

Ralph Eue
Original Title: Proyecto 55
Country: Argentina
Year: 2017
Language: Spanish
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 73 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour and B&W
Director: Miguel Colombo
Producer: Miguel Colombo
Cinematographer: Miguel Rivarola
Editor: Alejandra Almirón, Miguel Colombo
Sound: Jorge Gutiérrez Jiménez
Script: Miguel Colombo

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2017 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.