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La cancha

La cancha

Mustafa Uzuner
Canada
2023
54 min
World Premiere
Envision Competition
Synopsis

Just an ordinary Saturday in Montreal on an outdoor basketball court. Mustafa Uzuner filmed here for four years as this ever-evolving group of men try to get the ball into the hoop. His lively and sensual portrait captures a diverse community that changes along with the colorfully painted court. Uzuner himself describes his film as “a diary of place, stories of people and games or maybe also diaries of skies.”

This is no typical sports film: victory and defeat are not the subject of La cancha (The Court). Uzuner’s handheld camera does however capture the rhythm of the game and the movements of the players. The motile, free and unstable shots make us participants in the games and the friendships played out here. Sometimes we hear snatches of conversations as the camera swings upwards to the clouds above.

The fenced boundary of the court and the rules make this a place of sanctuary—where life outside can be forgotten for a while. The film captures the very essence of a balmy summer evening.

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Credits
54 min
color / black and white
DCP
Spoken languages: English, French, Spanish
Director
    Mustafa Uzuner
    Mustafa Uzuner
Production
    Mustafa Uzuner for Acephale
    Mustafa Uzuner for Acephale
Cinematography
    Mustafa Uzuner
    Mustafa Uzuner
Editing
    Mustafa Uzuner
    Mustafa Uzuner
Sound Design
    Alex Lane
    Alex Lane
Music
    Steven Lind
    Steven Lind
Screening copy
    Mustafa Uzuner
    Mustafa Uzuner

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