La pesca
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    La pesca

    Directed by

    Canada, Colombia

    2017

    22 min

    • Spanish

    Documentary

    Built around a day of fishing, from the departure in the middle of the night until the nets are brought out of the water full of fish, LA PESCA is structured on the rocky slopes of a small Colombian cove. Fishing is, above all, the waiting of a group of men. Here it is transposed with all the sensory resources of film: the camera positioned as close as possible to the water and the vibrations of the surface of the sea, the sound recording between backwash and lapping at the prow of the boat, the editing constructed between the howl of the wind and the gestures of the men who weave nets or wear out their attention on the hypnotic rhythms of a game of dominos. Fishing is time spent waiting for fish. The subtle balance between the close-ups that underpin the solitary interiority of this waiting and the wider shots where we observe details within the group: a younger fisherman who yawns in the background or a kitten, on the edge of the frame, who is eyeing the leftovers… So we surprise ourselves when we, too, start to look out for the signs announcing the shoal of barracudas.

    Awards

    • Best Short Film - Visions du Réel

    Festivals

    Credits

    Editing
    Lucas Villegas
    Production
    PICUA
    Pablo  Alvarez-Mesa

    Pablo Alvarez-Mesa

    Colombia

    Pablo Alvarez-Mesa‘s films have played extensively at international film festivals including IFFR, Hot Docs, Visions du reel, and RIDM. His interest in documentary lies in the relationship between fact and fiction; between what is recalled and what is inevitably constructed. His films all touch in one way or another issues of displacement, history and collective memory.

    Selected Filmography

    Fernando López Escriva

    Fernando López Escriva

    Argentina

    Fernando López Escriva is a cinematrographer, editor and director from Argentina. He won two awards for the film HOTEL GONDOLÍN (2005) and the award for Best Short Film at Visions du Réel for his co-directed short LA PESCA (2017).