With its almost 9,000 inhabitants, Kirkwall, the most populated of the Orkney islands in Scotland, has the peculiarity of being the hometown of the ill-fated Willie McDougal (aka Groundskeeper Willie, from The Simpsons) and the filmmaker to whom Bafici dedicates a retrospective this year: Margaret Tait. And it’s not capricious to start these lines highlighting a geographical position, in the same way that, when talking about Raúl Perrone and his films, it’s impossible not to refer to the locality of Ituzaingó. Because even though there have been some eventful years in Tait’s life that drove her to study medicine in Edinburgh and film at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografía (apart from serving as a doctor in the Far East during WWII), her filmography is an intimate, extensive dialogue with Kirkwall, her home and the space from where Tait contemplates the world and understands the passing of time. Lyrical, strongly identitary, free and intuitive, Margaret Taits films work as an immense patchwork of home movies, portraits, visual poems and minimalistic animation that evidence something as fragile –and, at the same time, colossal– as the way in which the course of our life is reflected on the people and landscapes of our surroundings. FG
Barbara Thorburn tries to understand her past with a trip down Memory Lane that covers three generations in her family. The memories of her poet mother and her grandmother intermingle with different periods in her life.