Archive Fever! 7.0
Costa Da Morte
dir. Lois Patino, Galicia (Spain), 2014, DCP, color, Gallego w/ English subtitles, 81 min.
Additional short film added to program - see below.
"Upon entering men in landscape and landscape in men, the eternal life of Galicia was created" - Alfonso Daniel Rodríguez Castelao
Costa da Morte is a region in the northwest of Galicia (Spain), which was considered as the end of the world during the Roman period. Its dramatic name comes from the numerous shipwrecks that happened in a long ago history in this area made of rocks, mist and storms.
We cross this land observing the people who inhabit it, fishermen, gatherers of shellfish, loggers... We witness traditional craftsmen who maintain both an intimate relationship and an antagonistic battle with the vastness of this territory. The wind, the stones, the sea, the fire, is characters in this film, and through them we approach the mystery of the landscape, understanding it as a unified ensemble with man, his history and legends.
Following the feature we will screen a short film by the same director:
Montana en Sombra (Mountain in shadow)
dir. Lois Patino, Galicia (Spain), 2012, DCP, 14mins. color
A contemplative look toward the snowy mountain and skiers
activity on it. The vastness of space contrasts with the insignificance of the people, almost invisible due to the distance. Starting from white snow, the image of the film becomes
increasingly darker, transforming space into something unreal, dreamlike
and spectral, and rendering its appearance like the image of an artificially illuminated model where skiers are merely points in the distance,
sliding in an hypnotic movement. Also the image is flattened at times, losing
all depth in search of a pictorial abstraction.
This play with the perception of scales, where the immensity of the mountain ends muddling up with the vision of a microscope, is developed throughout the film. This treatment also allows landscape viewing as a tactile experience: emphasizing the texture of snow, confusing its matter and spatial dimensions. The landscape image becomes something tangible: a tactile vision. But finally, the view is identified in some way, with a possible view of the mountain from the summit, observing men sliding down its sides like insects on the skin of an animal.