I Never Climbed the Provincia

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    I Never Climbed the Provincia

    Nunca subí el Provincia

    Directed by

    Chile

    2019

    89 min

    • Spanish

    Documentary

    Whoever knows the singular work by the great filmmaker Ignacio Agüerro, or even just his last film, Como me da la Gana 2 (International Grand Prix at FID2017), will not be surprised at all to hear that his new film undertakes, once again, to weave together, very tightly, on the one hand, what is private, intimate, autobiographical – including its secrets, and, on the other hand, what is public, obvious, out in the open. I have never climbed up la Provincia, as the title reads, mentions this mountain on the outskirts of Santiago, to indicate that it is close to home, in his neighbourhood, even at a nearby crossroads, that an ascent took place, that it is in this familiar and circumscribed space that a gorgeous landscape can be seen, where the whole film unfolds, as well as the very existence of the director. That is why the camera never ceases to film the same panning shots repeatedly, throughout the years. Filming the same buildings, streets, traffic lights, inhabitants, craftsmen, shopkeepers, bums, etc., photographing the change of shop windows, recording the stability of the space at the same time as the passing of time. But also these fetishes, as reassuring landmarks, are linked to pieces of lives with the only purpose of glorifying the moment: the foot of a man, a pregnant woman’s belly, a playing child, the rain in a garden, etc. Gracefully, with continuous fragility and playful curiosity, the film moves forward with resumptions and strokes, like a love poem ceaselessly distrustful of heights. (Jean-Pierre Rehm - FID MARSEILLE)

    Awards

    • Grand Prix of the International Competition - FID Marseille

    Festivals

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Ignacio Agüero
    Cinematography
    Matias IIanes
    Gabriel Diaz
    Ignacio Agüero
    Editing
    Sophie França
    Production
    MANUFACTURA DE PELICULAS
    Ignacio Agüero

    Ignacio Agüero

    Chile

    Ignacio Agüero Is an award winning filmmaker, writer and producer. He has also acted in films, including some directed by Raul Ruiz. He was one of the directors of the 1988 «No» political television advertisements that contributed to the end of Pinochet’s reign. Agüero was born in Santiago, Chile in 1952. He studied cinema in the Universidad Católica de Chile. Retrospectives of his body of work have been held in Santiago, Lima, Mexico (FICUNAM), Buenos Aires (BAFICI), La Paz, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Branco, Valdivia, Barcelona, Pamplona and Galicia. His latest documentary I NEVER CLIMBED THE PROVINCIA (2019) won the Grand Prix of the International Competition of FID Marseille.

    Selected Filmography