Abisal

Alejandro Alonso
France, Cuba, 30 min
World premiere

Raudel lives and works in a ship-breaking yard in the West of Cuba. Haunted by a strange childhood memory, he is on the lookout for ghostly presences. Alejandro Alonso recounts with poetry this territory emerging from limbo in which physical work, failed dreams and traces of another time all rub shoulders.

Raudel lives and works in a shipyard in Bahia Honda in the western Cuba. By day, on the bay, he demolishes old ships. At night, in the belly of the boats, he watches over the wrecks and tells stories to his colleagues. Haunted by a strange childhood memory, he is on the lookout for ghostly presences. Alejandro Alonso (The Project, VdR 2017 and Metatron, VdR 2018) takes us on an adventure film in which boats are forced to remain at a standstill. Unable to set sail, these ship carcasses turn out to be metaphorical images for an island where borders are barely penetrable even to its inhabitants. Alonso’s camera poetically captures the complexity and layers that make up this territory that has emerged straight from limbo in which physical labour, failed dreams and traces of another time all rub shoulders. But while some borders cannot be crossed, others seem to delineate an undefined elsewhere. Abyssal tells of what attracts human beings to the void and of the mystery that divides the world of the living and that of the dead.

Alice Riva

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Duration
30 min
Year
2020
Country
France, Cuba
Section
International Medium Length & Short Film Competition
Premiere
World premiere
Language
Spanish
Subtitle
English, French
Production
Boris PrietoVega Alta FilmsAlejandro AlonsoLa concretera produccionesOderay Ponce de LeónLa concretera producciones
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Boris PrietoVEGA ALTA FILMSbprieto@vegaaltafilms.com+33650498038

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