Graduate Center – Martin Segal Hall
JUNE 11, 2018. 6:45 PM. 


Graduate Center – Martin Segal Hall

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ORIGINAL TITLE: Casa Roshell  
DIRECTOR: Camila José Donoso

PRODUCERS: Juan Pablo Bastarrachea, Tonalá Lab, Maximiliano Cruz, Interior XIII, Sandra Gómez, Interior XIII, Garbiñe

CAST: Roshell Terranova, Liliana Alba, Lia Garcia, Diego Alberico, Cristian Aravena

Date completed: 2017

Country: México - Chile

Film Category: Documentary

Length of Film: 71 min


You’d never know this is your home away from home. The surveillance camera outside shows a drab reception area and an unremarkable street in Mexico City; inside, the lights flash, but the tables are empty. Yet preparations are soon underway and fixed categories cease to apply: stubble is removed, make-up applied and strands of hair are teased into place; the camera is trained not on the men themselves, but what they see in the mirror.


There’s time for a lesson before the festivities get going, to practice walking, consider the letters of the alphabet, think about what sort of girl to be. Music plays, drinks are served and the last boundaries are suspended: those between man and woman, gay, straight and bi, past and present, reality and fiction.


The people chatting at the tables or waiting before the darkroom are shot to resemble characters from a film, impossibly glamorous, which doesn’t mean their stories aren’t true. Whenever film stock replaces the digital images, it’s like a symbol for the memories Casa Roshell contains the specters of all those who came here and no longer felt alone. No matter how small the utopia, the world outside can still catch up.


Born in Chile in 1988. While studying film at the Universidad Mayor de Chile, she made several short films. Camila José Donoso runs the experimental film school Transfrontera in Arica, Chile, where she also teaches.


2005 Camino gris (Grey Path); 22 min. 2006 La niña y el rio (The Girl and the River); 18 min. 2010 Zonas seguras (Safe Zones); 18 min. 2011 La muerte de la loca; 16 min. 2012 Una vida mejor; 32 min. · Insistencia del género; 11 min. 2013 Naomi Campbel; 83 min., co-directed by Nicolás Videla 2017 Casa Roshell

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