A nurse who wants to be a performer. A passionate performance teacher. Some of the best performers from all over the world. A small town in the mountains.
The small municipality of Les Escaules, in the north of Catalonia, hosts the most relevant encounter of performers that is taking place in Spain: La Muga Caula festival, which is dedicated to the French artist Marcel Duchamp. Three days where the sixty-five inhabitants of the village and their unmovable rural life is shaken by the presence of a group of artists from around the world who can be found hanging from the bell tower, mutilating themselves with a knife, or spending an hour shouting in the middle of the street simulating an abortion.
The film is a journey into the art of action through various perspectives. First, follows the passionate instructions given by Nigerian artist Jelili Atiku to a dozen students who attend a performance workshop during the festival. The disciples must follow his demanding discipline, often creating highly tense situations. Second, through the initiatory journey that one of the students of the workshop - Anna, a nurse who lives in the area-, will do to enter a new universe. And third, with the recording of several performances by some of the most relevant artists from around the world: Antoni Karkowski (Poland), Cecile Richard (France), Nenad Bogdanovic (Serbia), Isabel Corullón (Spain), Eliana Beltran (Colombia), Ramon Guimaraes (Catalonia)...
Everything is riveted together by the strange coexistence and contrast that is generated during the festival between the newcomers and the locals; a contrast between the rural and the cosmopolitan; between the atavistic and the conceptual.
Lenght: 56 minutes
Format: Full HD, Stereo, 16:9
Original version: English (70%), Catalan, Spanish, French and Polish.
Versions: VO subtitled to English; VO subtitled to Catalan; VO subtitled to Spanish.
Completion date: January 2019
Available with Spanish subtitles at: FILMIN
From 5 to 13th April 2019. Media Lybrary 50th Festival Visions Du Réel, Nyon, Switzerland. + info
5/04/2019. 3 ° FICCSUR, Southern Cone International Film Festival, Valparaíso, Chile. + info
17/06/2019. 9th FILAF, Festival International du Livre d'Art et du Film, Perpignan, France. + info
27/06/2019. Cineclub Diòptria, Figueres, Spain. + info
08/08/2019. BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD. 10th Festival Internacional de Cinema de Cerdanya, Spain. + info
August 2019. 9th Mostra Internacional de Cinema Etnogràfic de l'Institut Ramon Muntaner, Spain. + info
15/08/2019. Launch of the film at the VOD platform Filmin. + info
22/08/2019. Universitat Catalana d'Estiu, Prada, France. + info
31/08/ to 29/09/2019 Screened continously at Museu de l'Emporda, Figueres, Spain. + info.
00/09/2019. 31st GFF, Festival de Cinema de Girona, Spain. + info
10-13/10/2019. 20th Medimed Doc Market. Sitges, Spain. + info
17/10/2019. BEST ARTS DOCUMENTARY AWARD. 36th Bogocine, Festival de Cine de Bogotá, Colombia. + info
09/11/2019. 21st Lagos Book Art Festival. Lagos, Nigeria. + info
15/11/2019. Teatre Municipal de Roses, auntum lineup. Roses, Spain. + info
23/01/2020. Ateneu Llibertari de Gràcia. Barcelona, Spain. + info
29/03/2020. Online Performance Art Festival. Germany. + info
03/10/2020. Bòlit, Centre Centre d'Art Contemporani de Girona. + info
22/10/2020. Festival Contenedores. Sevilla, Spain + info