Private Project

Out in the open

"A walker understands gradually that he does not knows much about the turbulent and airy flow of the spirit. Or he is incapable of defining it. Nevertheless, he connects with it every time he discovers that his own person constitutes a fragile material structure in the hands of nature’s fluctuations, far from social intermediaries. However, he adapts his definition of “natural” to the changes of his own mind: today is freezing because I freeze, tomorrow the sun burns because I dry out”. Fragment of "The book of Haiku" by Alberto Silva.

  • Luján Montes
  • Luján Montes
  • Arco Iris Super 8
  • Gustavo Esnaola Moro
    Sound desing
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  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 11, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    100 USD
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  • Shooting Format:
    super 8
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  • Film Color:
    Black & White
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • 2014 - 29° Festival Internacional de Cine de Mar del Plata - Panorama Super 8
    Mar del Plata
  • 2015 - Festival Internacional Festi Freak. Competencia de Cortometrajes Argentinos, La Plata.

  • 2015 - Festival Signes de nuit, Focus Argentina, Paris.

  • 2016 - Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, New Cinema and Contemporany Art, Paris.

  • 2016 - Festival de Cine MARFICI, sección “Tren de sombras”. Mar del Plata.

Director Biography - Luján Montes

Luján Montes (november 1980, Buenos Aires, Argentina) studied filmmaking at the film school CIEVYC and Color Correction at the school of Post-production PuntoCine.
She has filmed numerous short films since 2002. Currently, she is producing her third feature film “Landscapes” supported by the Argentinean Film Institute (INCAA). Her works have taken part in national and international festivals (BAFICI, Festival Internacional de Mar del Plata, Semana del Film Experimental, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, London Analogue Film Festival, Montevideo Cine Experimental, Festival Signes de nuit, Festival Internacional de Cine Icaro, Festi Freak La Plata, Festival Internacional DerHumALC, Festival Lima Independiente, among others) and have been shown in many art venues and museums (Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires MAMBA, Museo de Arte MBA-MAC de Bahía Blanca, Palais de Glace, Casa Nacional del Bicentenario dependiente del Ministerio de Cultura de la Nación, Casa de Cultura del Fondo Nacional de las Artes, galería de arte Big Sur, Club Cultural Matienzo).
Since 2012, she is part of the filmmakers´ group “Club del Súper 8”, which works with super 8 formats. In 2014, they shot their first collective short film, “Delta”, and, in 2015, they edited a short films compilation named “Club del Súper 8”.
Also, she studied Photography and took particular interest in analogue Photography and experimental processes in photo lab. In 2012, Luján started the photo lab “Potosí Laboratorio ByN” where she worked as a teacher and copist. In 2016, she starts a new photo lab Project on her own called “Laboratorio Periférico”, a lab specialized in experimentation with film. Currently, she’s editing “Self Portrait” and “Traces”, black and White photographs taken between 2006 and 2016.

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Director Statement

In the beginning, I filmed shots that had a still photography feel to them. I was interested in emphasizing the existence of light, following its path, capturing the way it outlined the existence of bodies it founded in its way. Later, watching those shots, I realized that the footage captured unique moments made of time, light and tiny movements that happen in Nature. That’s when someone advised me to read a book by Alberto Silva called “The book of Haiku” and I instantly found a connection between the words of the Japanese poets and my footage. To my surprise, I found that both took pleasure in observing the becoming of Nature as well as a peculiar delight in the impossibility of grabbing it. I thought that those Japanese wanderers chose to watch time, light and movement as events that greatly surpassed human existence. So, being out in the open was a deeply spiritual experience, an austere and ascetic choice of life.