Calipatria

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    Calipatria

    Directed by

    Austria

    2017

    8 min

    Experimental

    Convicted of murder, Sergio Cassilas (48) lives in solitary confinement. One hour a day he works in Calipatria's desert prison garden. With the help of a guard he smuggles a truckload of earth from the landscape of his favourite movie into its grounds. While working there, Sergio reveals the secret meaning of the soil for his life sentence in prison. Based on a real life story, the film documents Sergio's slow walk across the prison's empty courtyard. The camera's static gaze follows him into the distant garden. While the vision stays imprisoned, Sergio's story leads beyond the prison walls into the iconic riverscapes of the Rio Grande and Alaska's uncharted Yukon territories, tightly connected to American myths of wilderness, lucky strikes, self-made men and the promise of land and liberty for all.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Gerhard Treml
    Leo Calice
    Screenplay
    Gerhard Treml
    Cinematography
    Gerhard Treml
    Leo Calice
    Editing
    Gerhard Treml
    Leo Calice
    Production
    OFFICE FOR NARRATIVE LANDSCAPE DESIGN
    Sales
    SIXPACKFILM
    Leopold Calice

    Leopold Calice

    Austria

    Leopold Calice was trained as a chef and worked in Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, and Austria. He later studied Landscape Design at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. He is interested in ephemeral interventions allowing for a new interpretation of places and the creation of (imaginative) spaces.

    Selected Filmography

    Gerhard Treml

    Gerhard Treml

    Austria

    Gerhard Treml is an American/Austrian artist based in Vienna. His practice explores narrative strategies in order to appropriate, investigate, and reconfigure spatial relations basic to our construction of reality. His work relies on scripting, drawing, staged photography, and installation. He is currently directing the collaborative art-based research program EDEN'S EDGE in cooperation with the University of Applied Arts Vienna.

    Selected Filmography