Segunda Vez

Segunda Vez

A film by Dora Garcia | 2018 | 94 minutes

Segunda Vez, from director Dora Garcia (THE JOYCEAN SOCIETY), orbits the figure of Oscar Masotta – a pivotal theorist in the Argentinian avant-garde from the 1950s to the 1970s, whilst not being a biopic about him. Masotta’s ideas on Lacanian psychoanalysis, politics and art (happenings and dematerialized art) changed the artistic landscape of that 1960s Buenos Aires, preceding the Dirty War and with it the end of the avant-garde. The title, SEGUNDA VEZ, originates from a homonymous story written by a contemporary of Masotta’s, Julio Cortázar, which recounts the climate of psychosis and uncertainty caused by the trauma of disappearances in Argentina.

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“A clear standout… assured and elusive… García collates an extraordinary range of media, excursive material, and subjects in Masotta’s orbit—Peronism, Lacan, the dematerialization of the art object—but nevertheless retains a rigor and focus that refuses to foreclose its seductively tentacular strands and interconnections.”
— Artforum

“By the time the many observers within and without the film have persevered to the last scene, shot in mesmerizing long takes and inspired by Julio Cortázar’s fictional short story ‘Segunda Vez,’ the act of watching has come to mimic a visceral encounter with the audience complicity that abets authoritarian rule.”
– Film Comment