Review: ‘B-Corta’

There's a lot of vitality in "B-Corta," a no-budget, long-in-the-making student project -- shot on 16mm and blown up to 35mm -- that was finally finished this year. Good at creating a world of its own in a personal way, pic loses steam when one of the characters vanishes for half the film, and never recovers its initial exhilarating pitch.

There’s a lot of vitality in “B-Corta,” a no-budget, long-in-the-making student project — shot on 16mm and blown up to 35mm — that was finally finished this year. The mysteriously deep friendship that binds two boys, one middle-class, the other a semi-psychotic rebel, transmutes the magic of childhood and adolescence into a nightmarish paranoid fantasy. Good at creating a world of its own in a personal way, pic loses steam when one of the characters vanishes for half the film, and never recovers its initial exhilarating pitch. A small festival item, it should be a calling card for young director David Bisbano.

Lyrical opener shows Matia and his friend, Facundo, engrossed in flying kites as kids, only to be torn apart when Matia’s family moves. They meet again as teenage skateboarders. Facundo (Alejo Ferraroti), a charismatic dark angel in trouble with drug dealers, sweeps normal Matia (Manuel Toyo) up into his world of secret hideouts and risk-taking. The underground rock scene is knowledgeably used, and the film happily features more music than dialog in its attempt to communicate teenage dreams, rhythms and sensations. Title is untranslatable.

B-Corta

Argentina

Production

A Felipe Producciones production. Directed, written by David Bisbano.

Crew

Camera (B&W), Patricio Geraghty; editors, Bisbano, Federico Quairos, Raquel Faraoni Marro; music, Sebastian de la Riega; production designer, Vanda Luque. Reviewed at Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival (national competition), April 17, 2004. Running time: 70 MIN.

With

Manuel Toyo, Alejo Ferraroti, David Gutierrez, Alvaro Hernandez, Angie Espinoza.
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