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Lordemani

For over ten centuries, Galicia has had a great relation with the Viking people. The different waves of Vikings on the Galician coasts has brought about that today that essence can still be appreciated in celebrations such as Catoira (Pontevedra), the twin of the Danish city of Fredrikssund.

Known for their strength and for being invincible warriors the Vikings arrived in Galicia attracted by the gold and wealth left behind by the Romans as a legacy.
In the year 844 the Vikings sieged Galicia for the first time, this being the first of four incursions which took place up until two hundred years later.

In the year 1028 the Viking troops led by “Ulf the Galician” attacked the towns which were in their path by the Arousa Estuary until they were turned back by the army of Bishop Cresconio de Compostela, who ordered the building of what today is known as Torres del Oeste (The Western Towers).
This fortress would impede the Lordemani from crossing the river in search of riches from Santiago and Iria Flavia.

One of the fundamental towns in the Viking history of Galicia is undoubtedly Catoira, a sea village which for centuries suffered from the constant sieges of the Lordemani.
As a reminder of the continuous Viking attacks, since 1960 every year in the first Sunday of August Catoira celebrates a Viking landing. Sailing in replicas of the drakars of the XI century the invaders arrive on the coast to attack the torres del Oeste.

More than 10 centuries after Lordemani of Frederikssund (Denmark), who celebrate the Vikingespil every month of June, and the inhabitants of Catoira gather in this area of the Galician coast to celebrate the historic past which unites them.

Danes and Spaniards joined by history and now by the bonds of friendship after more than 25 years of joint celebrations show us once again that racial, cultural or language differences are not an obstacle for the understanding and cooperation between these people, in an era when separatisms and discriminatory treatment towards race or religion have increased in first world countries.

Lordemani is a sample of culture and of the common character of two people who without reaching verbal understanding are capable of coexisting and of creating lasting bonds of friendship by setting aside differences or quarrels from the past.

  • Brais Revaldería
    Director
    Arde Lucus, 237NP
  • Ricardo Pérez
    Director
    Aquel no era yo. 237NP
  • Brais Revaldería
    Writer
    Arde Lucus, 237NP
  • Eduardo García
    Producer
    Arde Lucus
  • Brais Revaldería
    Producer
    Arde Lucus, 237NP
  • Pedro Revaldería
    Executive Producer
    Arde Lucus
  • Ricardo Pérez
    Executive Producer
    Aquel no era yo. 237NP
  • Brais Revaldería
    Executive Producer
    Arde Lucus, 237NP
  • Sofía Arias
    Associate Producer
  • Daniel Brieva
    Associate Producer
  • Sofía Grosso
    Associate Producer
    237NP
  • María Morla
    Associate Producer
    Arde Lucus, 237NP
  • Maria Morla
    Assistant Director
    Arde Lucus, 237NP
  • Sofía Arias
    Assistant Director
  • Iván Carrasco
    CInematographer
    Arde Lucus
  • Pablo Belda
    CInematographer
    La Factoria
  • Maria Morla
    Prodcution Designer, Art Director
    Arde Lucus, 237Np
  • Álvaro Gómez
    Editor
  • Ricardo Pérez
    Editor
    Aquel no era yo. 237NP
  • Christian Dahl Staerke
    Stunt Cordinator
  • Luis Bragado
    Sound Editor
    La boca del león
  • Hadrian Andre
    Original Music
  • Andrea Pousa
    Original Music
  • Bruxo Queiman
    Original Music
  • Jaime Vaquero
    Original Music
  • Sergio Rojas
    Original Music
  • Javier Bao
    Camera Operator
  • Ricardo Pérez
    Camera Operator
    Aquel no era yo. 237NP
  • Brais Revaldería
    Camera Operator
    Arde Lucus, 237NP
  • Eduardo García
    Camera Operator
    Arde Lucus
  • Daniel Brieva
    Camera Operator
  • Jaime Alamán
    Production Assistant
    Arde Lucus, 237NP
  • Javier Bao
    Production Assistant
  • Manuel Carollo
    Adittional Photography
  • María Morla
    Adittional Photography
    Arde Lucus, 237NP
  • Ricardo Pérez
    VFX and Postproduction
    Aquel no era yo. 237NP
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Lordemani
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Genres:
    HIstory, Social, Documentary, Reenactment, war, action
  • Runtime:
    47 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 30, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    75,000 EUR
  • Country of Filming:
    Denmark, Spain
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • 50th Houston Worldfest
    Houston
    United States
    April 26, 2017
    North American Premiere.
    Remi Award, Best short subject Production.
  • Terres Catalunya 2017
    Amposta
    Spain
    June 9, 2017
    Spanish premiere
  • Madrid International Film Festival
    Madrid
    Spain
    July 15, 2017
    Best Foreign Language Documentary
  • DOCANT - Muestra del documental antropologico y social
    Buenos Aires
    Argentina
    August 15, 2017
  • China International Animal and nature festival
    Guangzou
    China
    August 15, 2017
  • Atlanta Docufest
    Atlanta
    United States
    July 13, 2017
  • 39 Semana de Cine independiente de Lugo
    Lugo
    Spain
    September 30, 2017
    Best Documentary Jury Award.
  • Berlin International Filmmaker Festival
    Berlin
    Germany
    October 5, 2017
    Best Foreign language documentary.
  • Mindfield Film Festival New Mexico
    New Mexico
    United States
    November 15, 2017
    Diamond Award: Best documentary short. Diamond Award: Best Director. Diamond award: Best Cinematography.
  • Muestra Internacional de Cine Documental Central-DOC
    Tlaxcala
    Mexico
    October 26, 2017
  • Milan International Film Festival
    Milan
    Italy
    December 2, 2017
    BEST MOVIE, BEST SOUND DESIGN
  • Alive International Documentary Film Festival

    United States
    September 22, 2017
    Best Etnographic Documentary, Best documentary audience award.
  • Paragon Film Festival
    Los Angeles
    United States
    December 13, 2017
    Best Historic documetary
  • Around Films International Film Festival
    Amsterdam
    Netherlands
    October 25, 2017
    Best Short documentary
  • Delhi shorts International film festival 17
    Delhi
    India
    November 1, 2017
    Best Documentary JURY AWARD
  • Berlin Motion Picture Festival
    Berlin
    United States
    January 12, 2018
    BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE DOCUMENTARY
  • Angeles Documentaries
    Los Angeles
    United States
    November 30, 2017
    Finalist
  • Rush Doc International Documentary Film Festival

    United States
    November 22, 2017
    Best Director
  • NICE International Film Festival
    Niza
    France
    May 16, 2018
  • Amsterdam International Film Festival
    Amsterdam
    Netherlands
    August 8, 2018
    BEST DOCUMENTARY AWARD. BEST SOUND DESIGN
Director Biography - Brais Revaldería, Ricardo Pérez

Brais Revaldería: New York based Galician with over 10 years of experience in the film industry as a director and producer of various short films and documentaries. Additionally, he has collaborated in more than 60 projects on many different roles. From Director of Photography to Production Assistant, these projects include: Emilio Rodriguez Menéndez: El fugitivo, Mariluz: Retrato de una obsesión for Telecinco, Rondon for Globo TV Brazil, Ali-ens Somalis in transit for Al Jazeera.
Revaldería has also worked with world renowned recording artists such as Rubén Blades, Fonseca, Lionel Richie and Rodrigo Suricato and has led projects for NY Fashion Week, Marca Colombia, NBA, Gatorade, and other prominent brands as well as photography exhibits at the International Center of Photography in NYC.
Among the documentaries Revalderia has directed Arde Lucus is quite noteworthy. With over 30 international awards, it has surpassed its 90th official selection at film festivals worldwide.

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Director Statement

Lordemani is the name given in the ninth century to the Vikings who came to the coasts of northern Spain to plunder the lands of Santiago and Iria Flavia in search of riches left by the Romans.

Galicia is an area which, due to its geographical location, has always been an object of desire for each of the civilizations that have visited it. In this case the Vikings coming mainly from the lands of Denmark and Norway sought a settlement that would allow them access to warmer lands than those they were inhabiting.

Catoira, the fishing village of Pontevedra, was a key location during this time because of its entry into the Ria de Arousa, where a fortress was constructed, of which we can now see just one tenth, with 7 towers guarding the entrance to the estuary, preventing the Lordemani from accessing the riches of Iria Flavia.

10 centuries later, the Danes and Catoirenses jointly held two of the most important Viking celebrations in the world, the Viking landing of Catoira and the Vikingespil of Frederikssund; those who once were enemies hold a joint celebration where, despite linguistic and cultural differences, ties of lasting and profound friendship are established.

These two populations, separated by thousands of kilometers, serve as an example of conviviality and friendship in a world where separatism and religious and racial discrimination appear in first world countries where they are believed to be banished.