In the Era
En la Era
Mexico, Portugal | 2019 | DCP | Color and B&N | 19 min | Manuela De Laborde
THURSDAY 8 | FILMIN LATINO | 24 HRS. | 19 MIN.
SATURDAY 10 | CINEMEX INSURGENTES SALA 6 | 15:45 HRS. | 76 MIN.
Director / Director: Manuela De Laborde
Productor / Producer: Manuela De Laborde
Fotografía / Cinematography: Manuela De Laborde
Edición / Editing: Manuela De Laborde
Sonido / Sound: Camila De Laborde, Daniel Hermann Collini
Música / Music: Camila De Laborde, Daniel Hermann Collini
Compañía Productora / Production Company: Montem, Cineburo + Dolores
Reparto / Cast: Ángel Hernández, Didier y Carlos de Las Pozas, Alejandra Fernández,
Andy Manuel Hernández, Sarochinee Wongchotsathit, Jun Wei Koh, Simon Glemser, Chris
Littlewood, Amaya Hernández, Dalal Itani, Noorie Sadarangani, Cecilia Delgadillo, et al.
En La Era (In The Era) is an abstract work documenting the Experimental Concrete
Workshop in Las Pozas, Xilitla. A diptych of Manuela’s subjective style of documentation, the
film uses color and black and white to create two separate dreamlike and fragmented
expressions of a single event: a group of foreigners immersed in the jungle among the
surreal constructions of Edward James while creating sculptural works of their own. The
film’s viewer is thrust into all that this stunning setting entails – the local residents, the nature,
food preparation… En La Era is firmly grounded in the sensorial, with Camila Fuchs’s sound
design melding sound scoring with field recordings from beyond the viewer’s visual frame of reference.
Manuela de Laborde is an artist and filmmaker from Mexico City. Laborde’s practice, by
abstracting concepts from their concrete properties, looks to create [virtual] spaces and
[regenerate] the image. Inspired by simplicity of expression, economy of detail, location of
exhibition, her practice is a meditation on physical presence. To the eye, her work carries
aesthetic claims and pleasure; yet in its presentation is performative and in its purpose,
International Film Festival Rotterdam – In the Bright Future Short Section – 2020,
DOCUMENTA MADRID, 2020, Spain (Postponed Covid-19)