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14th DMZ Docs(2022)

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Aftersun

Lluis GALTER

  • Spain
  • 2022
  • 70min
  • 15 +
  • DCP
  • color

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Synopsis

Summer. In a camping site, an old coroner tells a story about a missing kid some time ago. Three little girls are suspicious about the animation guy and the cleaning woman. They start to investigate. The day after, another kid disappears. The legend of a local bird could be the key of the mystery.

Review

In a village where the legend of a boy who mysteriously disappeared in the 1980s is circulating, when another disappearance occurs, a group of girls decide to explore the mystery. During the four summer vacations, director Lluís Galter worked with a small number of film crews to shoot images sporadically in spaces such as beaches, wetlands, and camps. He had captured the natural landscapes adjacent to the campsites, but it wasn't until the third summer that he designed the plot outline. Its characters are also randomly selected from among the girls on vacation, and the images are edited into a specific order to create meaning and context. Aftersun is a story that works in multiple instances, including reality and fantasy, records, and legends, and creates a story that is difficult to explain logically an arrangement of images: the moon hidden behind clouds, the chirping of birds and the movement of reeds, the stuffed animal roaming the bungalow, the child sleeping in the hut, and the car stopping suddenly. The film is a unique work that reveals a new dimension of things at the boundary between reality and fantasy, living creatures and stuffed animals, and children and adults.

Director

  • Lluis GALTER

    His debut film, Caracremada(2010), was premiered in Venice Film Festival and his second feature La substància(2016) was part of the Visions du Réel. Graduated in Audiovisual Communication at Pompeu Fabra University. Galter has combined television and film directing.

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