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Germany 2019
produced by
Arthur Patching, Christian Serritiello for Tropical Grey Pictures
directed by Arthur Patching, Christian Serritiello
starring Carrie Getman, Tomas Spencer, Christian Serritiello, Daniel Brunet, Jade Willis, Simone Spinazze, Joulia Strauss, Arthur Patching, John Keogh, Melissa Holroyd, Julie Trappett, Myra Eetgerink, Ben Posener, Seumas F. Sargent, Laura Wilkinson, Mike Davies, Darren Smith, Wencke Synak, Frey le Maistre, Mark Windsor, Matthew Burton, Suzanne Hyde, Alia Seror-O'Neill, Morgan Chalk-Levy, Susanne Gerber, Axel Gresch, Louise Hamelmann, Rowan Holligan, Elliot Lauzon-Schlachter, Robin Löhr, Felix Mane-Rodriguez, Paulo Matosinhos, Victoria Mayers-Gray, Ilka Neumann, Jack Patching, Wolfgang Reiner, Ute Reintjes, Michael S. Ruscheinsky, Daniel Scheimberg, Deborah-Lois Sery, Shane Starling, Ginka Steinwachs, Natalya Yarandina, Mohamad Younes
written by Christian Serritiello, Arthur Patching, music by Jack Patching

review by
Mike Haberfelner

In a weird world where everybody's an artist of sorts and art performances turn into shoot-outs, a painter sends all of her work off to a gallerist to a remote and scarcely known island, to never hear from him again. After a few months she starts to worry and decides to take a trip to the island to investigate. On the island she soon becomes obsessed with bingo, and there she finds the decisive clue to lead to the gallery - which she finds empty. When she breaks in, she's soon surprised by the police and jailed, and the chief of police promises to drop all charges if she leaves the island immediately. However, his second-in-command is more sympathetic of her cause, and promises to give her candid access to the gallery - if she comes to watch his play, a play that's totally derailed during this night's performance ...

 

Gelateria is a film that's hard to capture in words as it defies a traditional story structure for the most part, is episodic with the episodes not always tied to one another or the main story (if there is one), and is intentionally absurd in approach. All of this might be a turn-off to those more attuned to classic storytelling, but to those artistically inclined it presents a fascinating puzzle made up of all sorts of clues from the art scene and art history as well as elements of genre cinema, a puzzle that admittedly might have no solution, but that's fascinating to piece together still, also thanks to a slick yet playful directorial effort and pretty solid performances by all involved. Sure, you need to be in the right mindset for a film like this, but if you are you're sure to enjoy it.

 

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