DOK LEIPZIG 30 OCTOBER – 5 NOVEMBER 2017
60TH INTERNATIONAL LEIPZIG FESTIVAL FOR DOCUMENTARY AND ANIMATED FILM
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Potentiae


Potentiae




CATALOGUE TEXT
A literal change of format. A car door is pushed open and the image follows. The narrow frame widens, the camera starts to fly, floating slowly high above the roofs of Mexico City. Then it starts to descend, sinks down into a narrow alley, finds its protagonist and rises again. It’s the shot that changes everything, that translates everything seen so far into a new order of seeing, a new form of perception.

So the question is: what exactly is director Javier Toscano documenting in his film “Potentiae”? Is it the routines of moving without legs – on steps, in the water, on the cinder track? The technique of brushing one’s teeth without arms? The skilled handling of the white stick? For a long time we watch a closely observing film about the various daily practices and techniques of handicapped people: documents of different concepts of self-determined life on the outskirts of a megacity. But is that all? How does this car door that opened the image affect our own vision? Is it shifted or freed from limitations? Is our perception expanded or even exploded? Can we still trust our eyes?

Lukas Stern

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Credits
Original Title: Potentiae
Country: Mexico
Year: 2016
Language: Spanish
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 98 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Javier Toscano
Producer: Alejandra Liceaga
Cinematographer: Ricardo Garfias
Editor: Omar Guzmán, Paulina del Paso
Music: Daniel Hidalgo Valdés
Sound: Luis Mercio, Carlos Aguilar Zafra
Script: Javier Toscano
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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.