USA, Spain, New Zealand | 2020 | DCP | Color | 14 min | Laida Lertxundi
FRIDAY 2 | CINEMEX ALTAVISTA | 18:00 HRS | 76 MIN.
TUESDAY 6 |CINEMEX REFORMA CASA DE ARTE | 20:00 HRS. | 76 MIN.
Director: Laida Lertxundi
Cinematography: Laida Lertxundi
Editing: Laida Lertxundi
Sound: Reb Ebel, Christina C. Nguyen
Music: Bert Hoover, Ren Ebel, Irma Thomas, Goldberg
Production Companies: Centro de Creación Contemporánea, Matadero Madrid, Cineteca Madrid
Borrowing its title from a literary genre, the film acknowledges the indeterminacy of both fiction and the self. Noir elements are reduced to deadpan gestures under bright California sunlight. Field recordings made in New Zealand are heard as women speak with each other about motherhood, abortion, breakups and anxiety. A civil rights parade moves slowly down a street. Bodies appear in states of weariness, injured or at rest, while songs by Irma Thomas and Goldberg evoke the passing of time and an uncertain future.
Laida Lertxundi was born in Bilbao, Spain, and makes 16mm films primarily in and around Los Angeles, where she has lived and worked for more than a decade. Her work is intrinsically and inextricably connected to the California landscape and psyche. Beautiful and enigmatic, her 16mm films bring together ideas from conceptual art and structural film with a radical, embodied, feminist perspective.
World Premiere: Festival de cine contemporáneo, Black Canvas 2020 – México