In order to capture values, feelings and atmospheres and release them into the collective imaginary world, filmmakers are using this old tool: cinema, with its persistent ability to transcend time. They take risks in formats, they take risks in content, and because we love what they are doing, we support them by including a “Focus on First Works” in our main programme. A part of the programme dedicated to those that have the courage to risk and are able to create gems at their first attempts.
Jordi Morató (Catalonia – Spain) had the World Premiere of his first feature “The Creator of the Jungle”(Sobre la marxa) at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, and audiences rewarded him by giving the film a place in the top 10 of the festival. After that the film was in competition in the most prestigious international film festivals like Hot Docs, Viennale, Vancouver and BFI London. In his film, the portrait of “Garrell”, also known as “Tarzan from Argelaguer”, we discover an icon, an aged man who is still a child at heart – the modern savage – a misunderstood visionary, admired by those who make a pilgrimage to his forest, but whom many labelled a lunatic.
Inspired by Garrell’s strength we fly to Andalusia – Spain – to contemplate an elusive portrait of life’s end and also a forgotten heritage of Andalusian anarchism, by Isidro Sánchez in “Don’t Include Me Among You” (No me contéis entre vosotros). With his first documentary film, Isidro has been nominated for the Andalusian Cinema Awards, and has won the Best Documentary Film Award at Alcances (Cádiz-Spain). We are thrilled to welcome the director to Edinburgh to introduce the UK Premiere of his film at IberoDocs and participate in a Q&A.
Eloy Domínguez Serén had his first short film “Pettring” premiered at our last edition in 2015 as part of the Focus on Galicia. His second feature “No Cow On The Ice” (Ingen ko på isen) will also receive its UK premiere at the festival, after being included in the Official Competition at Visions du Réel and winning the Prize for the Best Screenplay at L’Alternativa. Barcelona Independent Film Festival. This film can be seen as a continuation of the story about emigration started with Pettring, which is his own personal story of a Galician immigrant in Sweden.
The portraits of rebellion these new filmmakers have produced transcend the limitations of time. There is no difference between presence and absence, life and death. There are no borders. And they choose cinema with its power to show that everything is really a part of the whole.