The film is a series of assumptions that revolve around the life of a group of characters ... A speculative science, or a group of scientists exploring an imagined territory. Explorers setting out into the unknown not as a professional pursuit, but rather as a leisure activity (which others might consider a waste of time). It is also a film of magic tricks performed after dinner, of fortuitous encounters that we would have liked to avoid, of endless siestas and excessive sunscreen.
Production Country: Spain - Argentina
Length: 60 min
Screenplay: Magdalena Orellana
Shooting format: Digital
Shooting location: Madrid, San Sebastian-Donostia (Spain)
The magnetic north pole is moving away from its usual axis and no one in the scientific community can explain why. As if confronted with a strange artifice, the characters in this film will experience a series of fortuitous events under the effects of a mysterious force that seems to deprive them of everything they had ever learned. Eighty-three holidaymakers will have a communal siesta under a sky that will reflect a spectrum of unrecognisable colours. Someday they will either wake up or they will not. Both options seem reasonable.
A few years ago I was able to meet again with a part of my family that had emigrated to Europe, descendants of Europeans, who, due to the Argentine economic crisis of the 1990s, made the journey of our grandparents in reverse. They were returning to Italy. I had contradictory impressions: on the one hand, they were assimilated, and on the other, they seemed to be uprooted. On that trip, my cousins took me to see the caves and we explored those underground spaces together.
That was the inspiration for making this film, in a place where spatial and emotional enquiry converge.
Production Country: Argentina
Length: 80 min approx.
Screenplay: Eduardo Crespo
Language: Spanish, Italian
Shooting format: Digital 4K
Shooting location: Italy
Horacio is a vet who has emigrated to Italy from Argentina a few years earlier. He lives with his daughter Mara, an introverted young woman who has a passion for potholing. They go on a trip separately but one that finds them both in the middle of the mountain, to talk about all those things that they have never talked about. La gruta del viento is a film about an early farewell; the daily rites that we perform while life goes by; close ties, identity, the force of nature and emotions.
The MANANTIAL project arises from the confluence of an idea, fruit of the poetic imagination (an allegorical story about two old people who seek the source of a river), and an accidental fact of reality itself (the long and complex illness suffered by my father). This “hybrid” genesis foreshadows a work that will thrive and grow at the boundary between fiction and documentary. The poetic character of the film is expressed in the frustrated search for the source of a river along intricate paths that do not seem to lead anywhere. Along the way, everything is confusion, perplexity and wonder.
Production Country: Spain
Length: 80 min
Screenplay: Manuel Muñoz Rivas
Shooting format: Digital
Shooting location: Cadiz, Seville, Cordoba, Jaén, Sierra De Cazorla
After undergoing complex neurosurgery and a long hospital stay, an elderly man, now partially rehabilitated, goes on a weekend excursion with his wife. Together they travel by car from the mouth of a river to the mountains, where they continue on foot, in search of the remote source of the river. The route is confusing and will test both their physical and moral stamina. When they finally near the spring, they are surprised by nightfall before they can see it with their own eyes.
The themes of child-parent relationships, societal rejection and isolation have been at the core of all of my films. As a filmmaker, I am interested in the intimate dynamics of unconventional families. In my first film, A Letter for Sang-Ah, I followed a single mother in Korea taking care of her son within a society that shuns unmarried women. In my most recent documentary Before the President (in post-production), I tell the story of a family separated by the imprisonment of a father, and the long wait for justice. I’m interested in portraying ordinary people who become activists through their actions, and how that impacts their families and relationships. I am drawn to activists like Dan Dailey because I see the value in what they set out to do even if the results are not what they expect. I understand that documentary filmmakers face similar questions and are met with similarly complex answers.
Production Country: USA
Lenght: 80 minutes
Shooting format: Digital/4K
Shooting location: West Texas
Estrella Vista is a small ranch hidden deep in the Chihuahuan Desert, a place where young parricides - youth accused of killing their parents - find refuge after being released from prison. Dan Dailey (68) and Derek King (28) live together in the open expanse of the West Texas desert. When Dan dies of a heart attack, Derek finds himself adrift and under the suspicion of the authorities in town. Wandervogel is a hybrid documentary that investigates the life of Dan Dailey while reconstructing the elusive father figure of Derek’s imagination. Using Dan’s blog, The Wandervogel Diary, Derek and the film crew investigate the possibility of a filmic reincarnation.
'Y así seguirán las cosas' is a film that grows, like a constellation, starting from a film scene imagined in the infinite fields that have always surrounded my grandparents’ village. However, this very concrete image will be accompanied by a process that will always be open to chance. Confidence in what life itself will offer in order for us to find the film along the way will be fundamental to make it possible.
Production Country: Spain
Length: Feature length (90 minutes approx.)
Screenplay: Jesús Palacio and Marina Palacio
Shooting format: Digital, Colour.
Shooting location: Province of Palencia, Spain.
‘Y así seguirán las cosas’ is a project that hovers between fiction and reality. The aim is to complete it over 5 years, in a filming process that will remain open to the lives of its protagonists: a group of children who will live and stop living in a small town in Tierra de Campos. All of their lives will change and the film will change with them.