A Zona/Uprise (2008) - Aguilar
A beautifully shot, elliptical film about a loss that is complete opposite of the cinema of Alejandro González Iñárritu in every way. A man visits his dying father in the hospital. He meets a woman there who lost her husband in a car accident. She has a new born baby. With jumbled timeline and flashbacks, we get a glimpse of these people's lives. They have met before, maybe. The most striking shot is the tracking of the darkly lit empty hospital rooms from a guy playing electric guitar. Sandro Aguilar charts a zone between life and death, past and present, and the distance between people. Just as enigmatic, but A Zona one-ups Angela Schanelec by having gorgeous cinematography. A director to look out for in growing Portuguese indie cinema scene.