The Absent

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    The Absent

    Los ausentes

    Directed by

    France, Mexico, Spain

    2014

    80 min

    • Spanish

    Drama

    In the south of Mexico, a poor man in his mid-seventies lives alone in a house near the beach. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have the deed for this property and another man claims it’s his. The old man attends a hearing to resolve the conflict, but nothing gets fixed and he starts losing his mind with memories of his past beginning to haunt his daily life. When he ends up losing his property and his house gets demolished, he embarks on a journey to the mountains in search for people he knew long ago. Even if he ends up finding some of his acquaintances, no one takes him in and the poor man keeps wandering, alone with his memories.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Guadalupe Cárdenas
    Gabino Rodríguez
    Cinematography
    Diego Romero Suárez
    Editing
    Aina Calleja
    Sales
    CARAVAN PASS
    Production
    FILM TANK
    Production
    TORNASOL FILMS
    Production
    CINE-SUD PROMOTION

    Press

    ...languorous travelling shots…producing a delight in discovering new visual details over time unusually reminiscent of James Benning.

    James Lattimer, Slant Magazine

    Nicolás Pereda

    Nicolás Pereda

    Mexico

    I’m not interested in capturing reality; I’m interested in talking about it. Realism and hyperrealism have nothing to do with this.

    Born in 1982 in Mexico, in 2007 Nicolás Pereda wrote, directed and edited his first feature film, WHERE ARE THEIR STORIES?, for which he won the Best Film Award at the Morelia IFF the same year. In 2009 he directed PERPETUUM MOBILE, INTERVIEW WITH THE EARTH, a documentary short, and TOGETHER. His next film, SUMMER OF GOLIATH (2010), won several festival prizes, including the Orizzonti Award at Venice. The same year Nicolás Pereda also made ALL THINGS WERE OVERTAKEN BY SILENCE. MINOTAUR (2015) was selected at Viennale, International Film Festival Rotterdam and in FICUNAM, where he also presented TALES OF TWO WHO DREAMT (2016), co-directed with Andrea Bussmann. His latest film, MY SKIN, LUMINOUS (2019), was co-directed by Gabino Rodríguez and premiered at the Locarno Festival.

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