After the day yesterday, especially emotionally, we needed to blow a little. But the festival Cinespana had not decided to do so. The proof with two new films in competition.
For his first feature fiction film, the documentary filmmaker Koldo Almandoz has certainly not chosen the easy option. We, therefore, presents the daily life of Khalil, the son of immigrant moroccan, in full Spanish countryside, torn between the marshes of the national park and the plants. Between two small trades, he spends his free time with Jose Ramon, a poacher who lives with his brother Martin in that it does not address the more word. While a park ranger dates back to a case of illegal fishing, the three men will forge links contradictory.
Nothing in this summary, we understand immediately that the film will not be in a form of classic narrative. A horse between fiction (for his dramatic part) and the documentary (for its part, contemplative), the film offers one of the most interesting but lost unfortunately during the journey.
In fact, the story does advance ever, leaving the beautiful part to a succession of tables which are only outline the psychology and the links, in fact exciting, between the characters. Result, the film never interests really, is lost in an approach a little too tight and ends abruptly giving the disagreeable feeling to be past the side of his true subject. And it’s a pity, especially as the whole is remarkably filmed and interpreted.
Alberto Garcia-Alix. La linea de sombra
ALBERTO GARCIA-ALIX. LA LINEA DE SOMBRA
It is again a small detour to the documentary competition to see the film on the photographer Alberto García-Alix. And what better than a photographer about another photographer ? First film of the artist Nicolás Combarro, La línea de sombra (to make it simpler), we, therefore, presents a long interview with one of the photographers most important in the artistic scene Spanish. A be complex, contradictory, preserving the thin border which separates his shadow from its light, and Alberto Garcia-Alix is a book in all simplicity and with great modesty, reversing the most significant moments of his career.
Through him, this is the portrait of the Spain of the Movida that is emerging, the transition to democracy and the breath libertarian who reached the country in the early 80’s. A breath which, paradoxically, has also led to the death, the drugs and the pain, conditions experienced as obligatory for a taste of true freedom.
In a stunning black-and-white, which binds the artist to his work outside of time and space, Combarro immerses us so in the world of mental torture of the photographer. A journey into the heart of darkness, certainly, but also bathed in light. Very beautiful.
To be continued…