Evilness

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    Evilness

    La Maldad

    Directed by

    Mexico

    2015

    74 min

    • Spanish

    Drama

    An old man in the country wants to make a film, the story of a whole life told across twelve songs, of a love lost and a family torn asunder, all guided by the logic of dreams. But even if the script is the best in the world, this film won’t be easy to make, as actors aren’t cheap and Mexico City holds the purse strings. But maybe his film is the one we’re already watching. The same sense of longing is certainly there, in the emptied out landscapes, the mist of dewy mornings and the unquenchable fire. We don’t hear all twelve songs and it’s only the old man that sings, but each one somehow evokes all the others. Yet there’s more to this film than just love and longing. As he and his friend wander the fields, chew their food or merely rest their weary bones, we could be watching a documentary, a stark portrait of growing old in the country. And the political is never far away either, as assassinations and corruption still reverberate even here. Or perhaps let’s just settle for a road movie, in which one man disappears into the fog and another makes his way to the big city: an important meeting, an impromptu demonstration, sudden gunfire and a fade to black.

    Awards

    • Special Mention (Ahora México) - FICUNAM

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Rafael Gil Morán
    Raymundo Delgado Muñoz
    Screenplay
    Joshua Gil
    Cinematography
    Cesar Salgado
    Editing
    León Felipe Gonzáles
    Joshua Gil
    Music
    Galo Durán

    Director's Statement

    EVILNESS combines two basic terms in its production: poetry and politics. It took eight years to bring together all the elements I needed to make my debut film, Evilness. And it wasn't until 2012, the year of the presidential election, when everything came together for the production.

    Friendship as an excuse, filmmaking as the very purpose of the story and the suffering caused by constant uncertainty. A cold wind blows as an ethereal atmosphere appears on screen; the clouds metaphorically touch the ground to reveal a rarely observed Mexican reality.

    Five weeks of shooting in natural light conditions over the course of six months. We were only able to film a few days a week due to the main character's terminal illness. With the incredible support of professionals, friends and family, we succeeded in producing this authentic work with an independent budget, enabling us to tell this story. Once again: Freedom.

    The primary inspiration for the story is a lost love suffered by the main character after being abandoned by a woman. I cling to the love of cinema and, together with the characters, pursue the end of the story – no matter how painful or real it is.

    Production
    PARABOLA CINE

    Press

    The movie works best as an abstract contemplation on life, death and the passing of time... a thrilling blast of noise, protest, color and darkness.

    Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

    Joshua Gil

    Joshua Gil

    Mexico

    One of the paths of SANCTORUM, is spirituality and a constant exploration of the emotions, thoughts and energy that moves us during life.

    Joshua Gil graduated with a Masters in Cinematography from the School of Cinema and Audiovisuals of Catalonia (ESCAC) in Barcelona, Spain. He began his professional career in the photography department of the film JAPAN (2002) by Carlos Reygadas. He subsequently developed as a director of photography in short films, feature films and documentaries while deepening his studies abroad with filmmakers such as Patricio Guzman and The Quay Brothers. In 2007, he began his career as a director of documentaries, publicity and television series. In 2015, he directed his first feature film LA MALDAD selected at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. His latest film SANCTORUM (2019) was the closing film at the 34th Venice International Film Critics Week.

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