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If I Could Wish for Something

Canadian Premiere

If I Could Wish for Something

Dora García

Belgium, France, Mexico, Norway | 2021 | 1 h 8 min
Spanish |
Subtitles: English
In the filmmaker Dora Garcías own words: The inspiration and point of departure of this film is an old song written in 1930 by German composer Friedrich Holländer, Wenn ich mir was wünschen dürfte. Translated into Spanish as Si pudiera desear algo’ (‘If I could wish for something’), it has inhabited my memories for as long as I can recall. It expresses poetically a very complex concept: that women’s disappointment has gone on for so long, and the promise made to them by the revolution has remained for so long unfulfilled, delayed, negated, that the sadness and vulnerability derived from this feeling of abandonment have been turned into a shelter and a shield, perhaps even a sword. The film follows two paths: one, a collective recollection of images and sounds from these feminist marches in the city; two, the composition, recording and final performance of the film’s theme song by trans artist La Bruja de Texcoco.”

This film is part of the FIFA EXPERIMENTAL section program DORA GARCÍA.
Overviews of some festivals:
Picl Amsterdam, Netherlands (2022)
Panorama Exhibition, France (2021)
Turin Film Festival, Italy (2021)
Zinebi Bilbao, Spain (2021)
Netwerk Aalst, Belgium (2021)
Director Dora García
Editing Arazi Simon
Sound Laszlo Umbreit

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Dora García

Dora García

Dora García lives and works in Barcelona and Oslo. She teaches currently at Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Norway and Le Fresnoy, France. She has represented Spain at the Venice Biennale in 2011 and was present again in the Venice Biennale 2013. Furthermore, she took part in the 56th Venice International Art Exhibition, dOCUMENTA(13) and other international events such as Münster Sculpture Projects in 2007, Sydney Biennale 2008 and São Paulo Biennale 2010. Her work is largely performative and deals with issues related to community and individuality in contemporary society, exploring the political potential of marginal positions, paying homage to eccentric characters and antiheroes. These eccentric characters have often been the center of her film projects, such as The Deviant Majority (2010), The Joycean Society (2013) and Segunda Vez (2018).

Biographical notes provided by the film production team
Selected films:
Love with Obstacles (2020)
Segunda Vez (2018)
The Joycean Society (2013)
The Inadequate (2011)
The Deviant Majority (2010)

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