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KarinaGarcia
Casanova
KarinaGarciaCasanova isaMexicanbornfilmmakerbased inMontreal,Canada. Herawardwinningshortfilms (The
GreatThinkers,DisownDelete)havebeenbroadcastandshown innumerousfilms festivals. She iscurrentlydirectingand
editingJuanicas, herfirst featuredocumentarywithEyeSteelFilm, oneofCanada’s leadingproductioncompanies (Up the
Yangtze, LastTrainHome, SPIT).
Juanicas is an intimateportrait ofMexican immigrant family
affectedbymental illness. Usingmaterial shot over almost
10 years, filmmaker KarinaGarciaCasanovadocuments
her complex relationshipwithhermother andbrother, both
suffering frombipolar disorder. She starts filmingwhen
Juan, her brother returns to live inCanadaafter several
years inMexico. At first the cameraprovides adistance that
helps them reconnectwitheachother, but soonoldpatterns
returns. As her brother’s downward spiral unravels, the viewer
is takenona journeyas heart-wrenchingas it is illuminating.
Mexico,Canada · 83’
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Juanicas
Juanicasesun retrato íntimodeuna familiade inmigrantes
mexicanos. Durante 10años ladirectoraKarinaGarcíaCasanova
documenta lacompleja relaciónque llevacon sumadrey su
hermano, ambosdiagnosticados con trastornobipolar. El
procesodefilmacióncomienzacuandoJuan regresaaCanadá
luegodehaber estado recluidovariosañosenMéxico. Al
principioel hechodefilmar pareceríaacercar a la familia, pero
luegoviejospatronesdecomportamiento resurgen. Amedida
que lacondicióndeJuanempeora, el espectador es llevadopor
unviaje tanconmovedor como revelador.
KarinaGarcíaCasanovaesunadirectoradeorigenmexicano, radicadaenMontreal,Canadá. Suscortometrajes
galardonados (TheGreatThinkers,DisownDelete), hansidoproyectadosennumerosos festivales. Actualmentese
encuentra realizandoyeditandoJuanicas, suprimer largometrajedocumental conunade lasproductorasmásexitosas
deCanadá, EyeSteelFilm (Up theYangtze, LastTrainHome, SPIT.
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