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    Users

    Directed by

    Mexico, USA

    2021

    81 min

    • English

    Documentary

    Starting from an experience of motherhood, the intrinsic flaws of the human and the unfailing excellence of the computer, Natalia Almada envisages, in the form of a dystopic essay, her children’s future in a technological world. Will they love the infallible machines more than they love her, their imperfect mother? Somewhere between shock and awe, images of spectacular beauty are intertwined—the ocean crossed by fibre optic cables, the forest in the grip of embers, automated greenhouses, or the eyes of an owl reacting to the light—, giving an account of a world where technology crops up in every nook and cranny, where screens punctuate children’s daily lives, where “perfect” nature, constrained, becomes terrifying—an approach at times reminiscent of that of Nikolaus Geyrhalter. Sensorial and deeply lyrical, Users succeeds in expressing the intimate and the unspeakable, and broadens the discourse to an inevitably wider and socially contemporary perspective. Resolutely distancing herself from any pedagogical ambition, the filmmaker delivers a powerful personal film, the visually striking sequences of which will long remain ingrained in the memory.

    Awards

    • Directing Award (U.S. Documentary) - Sundance FF

    Festivals

    Sales
    FILM CONSTELLATION
    Production
    DEPARTMENT OF MOTION PICTURES
    Production
    ALTAMURA FILMS
    Production
    ATLAS INDUSTRIES

    Press

    There are many stunning images flowing through this dazzling and ruminative documentary essay.

    IndieWire

    Natalia Almada

    Natalia Almada

    Mexico

    2012 MacArthur “Genius Award” Fellow and recipient of the 2009 Sundance Documentary Directing Award for her film EL GENERAL, EVERYTHING ELSE is Almada’s debut feature fiction film. Her 2011 film THE NIGHT WATCHMAN, about violence in Mexico, premiered at New Directors/New Films and the Cannes IFF Directors’ Fortnight. Her previous credits include ALL WATER HAS A PERFECT MEMORY, an experimental short film that premiered at Sundance in 2002 and AL OTRO LADO, her 2005 award-winning debut feature documentary on immigration, drug trafficking and corrido music. Almada’s films have screened in film festivals, on public television and at museums around the world including The Museum of Modern Art in NY, The Museé d’Art Moderne in Paris, the 2008 Whitney Biennial and Documenta13. All three feature documentaries broadcast on the award-winning series POV on American public television. Almada has received the Guggenheim, USA Artists and Alpert Fellowships and attended residencies at Cannes Film Festival’s Cinéfondation, the MacDowell Colony and the Headlands Center for the Arts. She graduated with a Masters in Fine Arts in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design and currently lives between Mexico City and San Francisco.

    Selected Filmography