The landforms emerge after the drought. A space of stillness and silence becomes a place of observation. The geography is gradually internalised. The landscape ceases to be something to watch and instead becomes a form of meditation.

  • Amparo Garrido
  • Amparo Garrido
  • Benito Macías Cantón
  • Benito Macías Cantón
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    Documentary, Experimental, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Hybrid Documentary, Confessional Documentary, Women Filmmaker, Wild Animals, Wildlife, Creative Arocess, Experimental Cinema
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 1, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    30,000 EUR
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  • Shooting Format:
    4k DCI
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Distribution Information
  • Teorema Films
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Amparo Garrido

Amparo Garrido is a visual artist who works with photography and video. She has received important awards and held many exhibitions both in Spain and abroad. Her work is part of major collections like MNCARS (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía), among others.

In 2019 she directed her first feature film, El silencio que queda (The Silence that Remains), which was chosen for the 2019 Málaga Film Festival, Spain; the 2019 Torino Film Festival, Italy; and the 2020 Doxa Documentary Film Festival, Canada, among others.

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Director Statement

I came upon the village of Galizuela in Extremadura (Spain) by chance and immediately fell in love with it. Every dawn, I would awake to the birdsong and run to the window to see the day awaiting me so I could choose my route. I felt magnetic attraction to that almost lunar landscape with the reservoir at just 13% of its capacity. All I wanted to do was walk
around, listen to it, film it and contemplate it from different perspectives. Even if it was rainy, cold or foggy, each day was a new light and colour display.

Through active contemplation, the landscape gradually became something abstract, and my own involuntary mental sounds and noises bloomed. Trying to recreate and approximate that mental state with sound design was a real challenge.

Prior to shooting, the conversations on the finiteness of life with Elizabeth Blackburn, a Nobel Prize winner in physiology, helped me to reconsider the image of the vultures I had filmed in my first feature film El silencio que queda (The Silence that Remains) and see them more calmly with the intention of giving them a place more suited to the cycles of nature, life and death that have always interested me.