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ORG by Fernando Birri at Anthology Film Archives

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“Fernando Birri, an Argentinian filmmaker, poet, painter, teacher, and film school founder often considered the father of Third Cinema, or the new Latin American Cinema, passed away at 92 on December 28, 2017. ORG, a colossal, nearly three-hour long film that’s only rarely been screened since it premiered at the 1979 Venice Film Festival, is the work in which he took the next step, trying to synthesize militant cinema and formal experimentation. The story of ORG is based on the same ancient Indian legend that Thomas Mann also drew on for his story ‘The Transposed Heads.’ But above all, ORG is an experiment in perception that features over 26,000 cuts and some 700 audio tracks. The film was partly funded by leading actor Mario Girotti, better known as Terence Hill. Viewing ORG today provides a kaleidoscopic insight into the experimental, aesthetic, and political trends of the 1970s.” –LOS ANGELES FILMFORUM