Users begins with a mother’s question: will her children love the perfect machines in their lives more than they’ll love her, their imperfect mother?
From this seemingly simple prompt, acclaimed filmmaker Natalia Almada (2012 MacArthur Genius Grant Recipient, 2009 Sundance Film Festival Directing Award) spins an epic examination of the world in which we live now, one in which it is taken for granted that technological progress will always inspire social progress, and which we’ve come to believe our ever smarter machines will lead to the betterment of humankind. Constructed from a series of stunning, immaculately rendered images, and featuring a score performed by the Kronos Quartet, Users is an immersive journey into the heart of our changing relationship to the natural world. From the largest indoor vertical farm in the world to an IVF embryo lab to an underwater fiber optic cable landing, Users continually unearths new vistas that offer the opportunity to view the inner workings of the invisible forces that surround us. Almada marshals all the forces cinema in a Malickian montage to reveal the invisible forces that guide our lives, and suggests the extents to which these movements may not be fully understood for years to come. Amidst a world in constant flux, life continues, children grow up in a world of technological advancements, their mother loves and worries about the best choices to be made, as Users blends the great questions and small moments of life into a seamless cinematic whole.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
NATALIA ALMADA (Director) is the recipient of the 2012 MacArthur “Genius” Award, whose work combines artistic expression with social inquiry to make films that are both personal reflections and critical social commentaries. Directing credits include Al Otro Lado (2005 Tribeca Film Festival), El General (2009 Sundance Film Festival Directing Award), El Velador (2011 Cannes Film Festival), and her narrative feature Todo lo demás (2016 New York Film Festival). She lives in Mexico City and San Francisco.