Review: Tesis, EIFF 2019

Alejandro AmenĂ¡bar’s feature debut Tesis (Thesis) is one of a number of films made at the tail end of the last millennium exploring our relationship with, and the effects of, on-screen violence (Funny Games, Existenz, I Stand Alone, etc). However, after international box office success, multiple awards and a limited VHS release on Tartan video, the film disappeared from circulation – and was never given a DVD release in the UK. In my mind it took on the stature of one of those video nasties that the narrative revolves around – a tantalising item that I desperately wanted to see, but could never get hold of. So this screening was an extremely exciting addition to the ‘Once Upon A Time In Spain’ strand at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

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