Cuchillo De Palo
director: Renate Costa
country, year: Spain, 2010
category: Washing our dirty laundry
time: 91'
VO: Spanish
subtitles: English, Romanian
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“When I asked them what he died of, they replied of sadness. That answer contradicted all my memories of him”, confesses film-maker Renate Costa about the death of her uncle Rodolfo - an uncle who wanted to be a dancer, rather than a blacksmith like her grandfather. Cuchillo de Palo (‘wooden knife’, i.e. useless person or object) is Costa’s personal quest for the silenced history of Paraguay and the hidden meanings of number 108. Through carefully conducted interviews, the film-maker pieces together a violent story that goes back to Alfredo Stroessner’s dictatorship in 1980s Paraguay, when homosexuals were persecuted, imprisoned and tortured for their lifestyle.


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Zinegoak Bilabao (Spain) 2011
Göteborg International Film Festival (Sweden) 2011
Docs Barcelona (Spain) 2011
IF Istambul Film Festival (Turkey) 2011
Black Movie Geneva Film Festival (Switzerland) 2011
Muestra de Cine Realizado por Mujeres de Zaragoza y Huesca (Spain) 2011
San Diego Latino Film Festival (USA) March 2011
Documenta Madrid, Panorama Nacional (Spain) 2010. 
Festival de Cannes, ACID Selection (France) 2010. 
Espoo Ciné International Festival (Finland) 2010
États Généraux du Film Documentaire. Lussas (France) 2010. 
Latin Beat Film Festival, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York (USA) 2010. 
Viennale (Austria) 2010
Vancouver Film Festival, VIFF (Canada) 2010
Two Riverside Film Festival (Poland) 2010
Bergen International Film Festival (Norway) 2010
Miradas Doc, Canarias (Spain) 2010
CPH:DOX, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival (Denmark) 2010
IDFA Amsterdam (Holland) 2010. 
Festival International du Film de Belfort (France) 2010. 
5ª Mostra de Cinema e Direitos Humanos na América do Sul (Brasil) 2010. 
Spanish and Belgian Fiction and Documentary Films, BOZAR, Palais des Beaux Arts de
Bruxelles (Belgium) 2010


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