Síndrome de los quietos
Colombia, Spain, 30 min
In 2018, a group of filmmakers calling themselves THE MOTIONLESS embark on a film about a hypothetical stillness syndrome in Colombia. Both an homage to the cinematographical universe of the Columbian filmmaker Luis Ospina and an exploration of the country’s history, The Stillness Syndrome summons memory to go back in time.
In 2018, a group of filmmakers calling themselves THE MOTIONLESS set out to create an essay film about a hypothetical immobility syndrome in Colombia. In this context, they invite Luis Ospina, master of the Columbian documentary, presidential candidate Gustavo Petro and writer Juan Gabriel Vásquez to give them clues to enable them to delve into the country’s history. Constructed as a playful mockumentary, The Stillness Syndrome has fun blurring the boundaries and multiplying the points of view to unfold its story. Mixing countless sources of images and sounds, León Siminiani assembles his puzzle in front of us through his editing, allowing us to see the artist at work. Both an homage to the cinematographic universe of documentary filmmaker Ospina and an exploration of the country’s political history, the film acknowledges its debt to its elders while affording itself a new and necessary freedom. In this deeply touching gesture, Siminiani reveals a true desire for cinema.