Once upon a time, a man travelled to the end of the world. There, at the tip of recently independent South America, he founded his kingdom. It was 1860 and this French adventurer, Orllie-Antoine de Tounens, was perhaps a little crazy. Armed with a constitution penned by himself and a new flag, he fought his way through the rugged wilderness on horseback. After arriving he managed to unite the natives and was chosen to become their ruler. At least, that’s one version of this true story. Or, he was helped by a native traitor. He was a French spy! He succeeded, but was captured. Banished. Died. But returned? Who remembers the what and where of it? In REY, the problems of history and memory are emphasised by the degradation of image and sound.
- Special Jury Award - IFF Rotterdam
- Audience Prize - FICUNAM
- Prix Découverte de la Critique Française - Cinélatino
- FIPRESCI Best Feature Film - Vladivostok IFF
- Claudio Riveros
- Rodrigo Lisboa
- Niles Atallah
- Benjamín Echazarreta
- Benjamin Mirguet
- Sebastián Jatz
REY came into being as I sifted through the many pieces of this king’s story. I imagined a film that evoked an analogous experience in the spectator: a journey through a realm of forgotten dreams, the decaying memories and fantasies of a ghost. And like a fading memory, they remain a chimera to this day, a king and a kingdom that exist only in dreams.
A pleasingly poetic reflection on film as an emotionally rich artifact, subject to the passage of time just as memory itself is honeycombed with lacunae.
A psychedelic collage that unfolds through the history of cinema.
For me filming is an act of possession, of magic. Once the threshold of the camera and microphone is passed miracles can happen.
Niles Atallah (1978) is a film director, videoartist and photographer. He studied Art with a focus on Painting and Photography in the United States. He is the co-director of the animation film series Lucía, Luis and the Wolf, composed of the two shorts: Lucía (2007) and Luis (2008). His first feature film Lucía (2010) premiered at the San Sebastián International Film Festival, Zabaltegi "New Directors" section. His second feature film REY (2017) was screened at IFFR where it won the Special Jury Award.