After taking vengeance on her former lover, 66-year-old Nona arrives at a small coastal village in Chile. The quiet village is disturbed by a series of arson attacks ever since she arrived. The film is based on the true story of the director’s anarchist grandmother, Josefina Ramirez. The mundane yet rough images make the film more realistic, and Nona’s unafraid and unscathed attitude in front of the camera blurs the line between reality and fiction, ushering the audience to follow its mysterious plots. As Nona passed away early this year, the film has become a love song to remember the gray guerilla who lived relentlessly against the dictatorship of Pinochet.
Camila José Donoso, known for her acclaimed films Naomi Campbel (2013) and Casa Roshell (2017), presents her new work. Nona: If They Soak Me, I'll Burn Them follows Nona, a woman in her mid-60s who has lived alone for a decade after taking revenge on her ex-lover. She drifts into Pichilemu, a small coastal town in Chile, and soon after her arrival, a mysterious fire breaks out. Nona, who can be called a guerrilla in her twilight period, finds solace in arson. While neighbors suspect the culprit, the police investigate. This is a bizarre drama about an anarchistic female warrior inspired by the director's real grandmother, Josefina Ramirez. The director keeps her aesthetic methodology that blurs the line between documentary and fiction. Her screenplay also blends actual events with recreated events from Josefina's life. The film presents Josefina's life, captured through coarse, low-definition video footage, and Nona's dramatized story in parallel. Fiction emerges from reality, and reality serves as a footnote to explain fiction. The film challenges cinematic grammar with its strong characters, mysterious plot, and familiar yet unique aesthetic approach. (JANG Byungwon)
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