Golden Leopard Award
Best Fist FeatureSpecial Mention
Locarno Intl Film Fest
"Shrewd and inventive...the most ambitious debut of the year"
"As an immersive, unpredictable sensory experience...this is a prodigious accomplishment from a filmmaker full of ideas about rhythm, texture, and scale"
"Intimate and pleasurably inscrutable"
"An exhilarating, boldly paradoxical experience"
Eduardo Williams' stunning debut feature, The Human Surge, takes us on a remarkable journey around the globe, spanning three continents, and focuses on a subject that, for many, is synonymous with boredom, alienation, and mundanity: work. In a world that is always split in two (half of the population working, the other half staying idle), Edwardo Williams's camera focuses on young people that seem connected by invisible networks, in order to reveal another reality, far from the capitalistic ideal of productivity and progress. He has made a film which is full of surprises by following its own peculiar, unpredictable path.
The Human Surge is structured in three parts and takes place in Buenos Aires, Mozambique, and the Philippines. In each of these places, one after the other, we follow a native young man and the three of them actually have something in common: jobs that depress them and discover that digital connectivity has produced the paradox of greater isolation. Williams has created a multi-faceted meditation on what we do to make money, spend our time, measure progress, define success with the awareness that we pay a price for globalized trade, travel, and rates of exchange. The end result is a film that takes us on a breathtaking journey of our non-stop, constantly shifting world. The Human Surge signals the arrival of a talented new director.
Directed by Eduardo Williams, Argentina/Brazil/Portugal, 2016, 97 mins.
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