Frankfurt am Main | 13 – 20 October 2024

The Mechanics of Fluids

Documentary Film France 2022
By Gala Hernández López
In 2018, an incel posted a suicide note on Reddit entitled "America is responsible for my death". “The Mechanics of Fluids” is an attempt to find answers to his words. The film is a virtual drift through the Internet in search of his digital traces.

This film will be screened as part of our short film competition on Wednesday 18 October at 2pm.

Film Info


The Mechanics of Fluids
Original title
La Mécanique des fluides
Documentary Film Social Issue
Release Date
  • France
Spoken language
  • French
  • English
  • English
39 Minutes
Color Format
  • Colour
Sound Format
  • Dolby Stereo (SR)


  • Gala Hernández López
  • Producers
  • Lucas Le Postec
  • Social


    • Gala Hernández López

      Gala Hernández López is an artist-researcher and filmmaker. Her work articulates interdisciplinary research with the production of essay films, video installations and performances on the new modes of subjectivation specifically produced by computational digital capitalism. She examines from a feminist and critical lens the discourses and imaginaries circulating in virtual communities as symptomatic fictions of a state of the world. Her work has been shown at DOK Leipzig, Cinéma du Réel, IndieLisboa, the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival and the Salon de Montrouge, among others. She participated in Berlinale Talents 2023 and has won the Experimental Work Award 2023 of La SCAM (France). She is a PhD candidate at the University Paris 8, where she is developing a research-creation project on screen capture and where she has taught for 3 years. She has been an Associate Professor at the University Gustave Eiffel and a visiting researcher at the Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf (Germany) thanks to a DAAD research grant. In 2023-2024, she is an artist in residence at the French Academy in Spain – Casa de Velázquez. She co-directs the research and creation collective After Social Networks ( In 2023, she was artist in residence in La Métive (FR), Vidéoformes (FR), Maison Artagon (FR). She regularly gives workshops and lectured-performances, in places such as the Filmuniversität Konrad Wolf, Sorbonne University, Beaux Arts de Marseille or the Locarno Film Festival.

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