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Astounding visual odyssey across three continents in an experimentally playful critical favorite, hovering on the border between documentary and fiction.
With a 360-degree camera mounted on a tripod in a backpack, Eduardo Williams (The Human Surge, GFF 2017) follows youths in Taiwan, Sri Lanka, and Peru in their everyday environments, often walking in groups and conversing as if national borders didn't exist and language barriers were absent. Already in the short film Parsi (2018), Williams explored the possibilities of the 360-degree camera, as well as the "editing" process, which, in his case, involves using VR glasses to view the material and record what he chooses to focus on in the moment. The result, when he takes it a step further in the feature format, is this year's most formally radical and visually challenging film, which immerses us in an abstract, feverish dream reality (quite literally) through Williams' gaze, raising questions about belonging and community.