There are not many territories that are able to display such a fertile, varied production as Galicia does. This year, again, this selection of works exemplifies that our territory is still in constant ferment: films that move between the portrayal of the reality that is closest to the director, as is one’s own daughter, or the search for a story in lands distant from or unrelated to the filmmaker, such as Equatorial Guinea. Works that bear more of a resemblance to canonical documentaries and others that are closer to experimental cinema make up this year’s selection.
The diversity of looks, forms and formats is the element that can best define the set of films that constitute the Galician panorama. There is no single pattern by means of which we can define the Galician production for this year. This is not a negative characteristic; rather the contrary, as it points to the existence of a rich, varied ecosystem. At the same time, we cannot but analyse these productions in a context in which these works that are part of our cinematic heritage are consigned solely and exclusively to a circuit, already precarious in itself, of festivals and shows scattered across our territory. In this regard, aware of our duty to give more prominence to these creators and be their allies, we are committed to making new creators known and reaffirming their importance in the formation of a plural, varied filmmaking structure and industry.
Music: Denis Carballás
Following the finding of two animals in the river, legends and memories about being a child in the rural Galicia of the 1960s emerge. A surrealist voyage between the past and the present through the life experiences of the director’s mother.
Producers: Iria Sanjurjo
Writter: AIria Sanjurjo
Cinematography: Iria Sanjurjo, Paco Lajo
Editing: Iria Sanjurjo
Sound: Inés Almirón
The processes of transformation experienced by people in the frame of a ritual constitute a special world that has been rarely dealt with visually. This film follows the Empalaos of Valverde de la Vera along their intimate process of preparation as penitents, where emotions, tenderness and values, as well as the collective solidarity needed for the Empalaos to keep their promises, come to the surface.
Producers: Sergio Frade, Luisa Romeo, Gentzane Osaba
Writter: Antonio Díaz Huerta, Sergio Frade
Cinematography: Jon Aguirresarobe
Editing: Susana Sotelo
Music: Vicente Barrière
Aitor was born with congenital glaucoma that led to loss of vision in his right eye when he was only 14 years old. Although his doctors advised him not to surf again, he decided not to follow their recommendations and lost his sight in a fateful accident while he was surfing. He was 39 years old. Today, five years after his accident, Aitor wants to prove that people with disabilities are able to face any challenge they set themselves, but for that he will need to get physically and mentally ready. Above all, he will need to overcome his doubts and fears of reliving the accident that left him blind.
Producers: Michael Krotkiewski, Kari-Anne Moe, Gudmundur Gunnarsson, Heino Deckert
Cinematography: Eloy Domínguez Serén
Editing: Ana Pfaff, Eloy Domínguez Serén
Sound: Thomas Jaeger, Ted Krotkiewski
Cast: Tasalam Barahim, Bachir Mehdi Dehan, Hama Habadi, Lafdal Mohamed Salem Haimuda, Hafdala Hamadi, Boryana Ivanova
A minefield and the second largest military wall in the world separates Sidahmed, Zaara and Taher from their homeland that they have only heard about in their parent’s stories. They are Sahrawis and have been abandoned in this refugee camp in the middle of a stony desert ever since Morocco drove them out of Western Sahara forty years ago. They spend their days fixing cars that can’t take them anywhere and fighting for political change without response and dreaming of a future. With vitality, humor and unexpected situations, this film paints the unusual portrait of a group of young friends trying to expand themselves beyond the borders of the camp.
Writter: Alexandre Cancelo
Cinematography: Fon Cortizo, Alexandre Cancelo
Editing: Alexandre Cancelo
Sound: Marco Maril
The echoes of an island remain in space and memory. The voices resound alive. A moment and a place; the living are shadows crossing the faded landscape of the cove. History alights on the present. History projects its lament. Three female troubadours. A device that captures the voice. A female painter that brings colour back. ‘They are fortunate islands, / They are lands without whereabouts, / Where the king dwells, waiting. But, if we start to awake, / The voice hushes and there is only the sea.’
Producers: David Varela, Lola Martínez
Writter: David Varela
Cinematography: David Varela
Editing: David Varela
Sound: Sergio López
Music: Jonay Armas
A four-year-old girl’s dreams, life experiences and future memories, which her father had kept on his mobile phone until now.
Producers: Roi Carballido, María Becerra
Writter: Rocío Cadahía
Cinematography: Rodrigo Vázquez “Harry”
Editing: Gaspar Broullón, Álvaro Ayala
Sound: Oskar López
Cast: Marcelo Ndong, Gorsy Edu, Raimundo Bernabé “Russo”
Marcelo Ndong, an African artist in his sixties who was educated in Spain and now runs a small nursery school in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, receives an unexpected proposal: to put on a play relating his own life. In Malabo, Marcelo will create a play that will be staged in Santiago de Compostela. A personal, creative journey that will take him from postcolonial Guinea and Francoist Spain to both countries as they are today, through his incredible life voyage as a mime, musician, actor and circus performer, but, above all, as a migrant.
Producers: Chanfaina Lab
Editing: Adrián Canoura
‘A few trees, a few animals, lights, colours, spaces. Sensorial navigation through the hamlets of San Sadurniño, where seeing is retaining–perceiving, where the eye is not contaminated and takes pleasure in the adventure of perception. Quoting Stan Brakhage, “How many colors are there in a field of grass to the crawling baby unaware of ‘green’? How many rainbows can light create for the untutored eye? How aware of variations in heat waves can that eye be?”’
Producers: Paolo Benzi, Denise Ping Lee
Cinematography: Diego Romero Suárez-Llanos
Editing: Marie-Hélène Dozo
Sound: Ingrid Simon, Hélèna Violaine Réveillère, August A,aury And, Bernat Fortiana
Cast: Judy Hill, Ronaldo King, Titus Turner, Kevin Goodman
Summer 2017, a string of brutal police killings of young African American men has sent shockwaves throughout the country. A Black community in the American South tries to cope with the lingering effects of the past and navigate their place in a country that is not on their side. Meanwhile, the Black Panthers prepare a large-scale protest against police brutality. A blistering meditation on the state of race in America.