The Golden Legend

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    The Golden Legend

    Leyenda dorada

    Directed by

    Spain

    2019

    11 min

    • Spanish

    Drama

    The swimming pool has played an important role throughout film history – most often as a romping ground for the sophisticated and hedonistic DOLCE VITA. But it can be so much more, even sinister, as in SUNSET BOULEVARD. In THE GOLDEN LEGEND a rather unglamorous swimming pool of diminished charm forms the focal point of the story. A lazy summer’s day in the Spanish village of Montánchez, and people of all ages enjoy themselves at the outdoor pool. It is an almost utopian depiction of community, under the lofty, watchful gaze of Our Lady of Consolation. While conflicts, aggression, rivalries and animosities have a siesta, the villagers take a well-deserved break. Formally, the film draws on the tradition of New Objectivity. But unlike Robert Siodmak’s PEOPLE ON SUNDAY (1930) and its lido sequence, this is a wee summer fairy tale.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Al Sarcoli
    Cristina Canchal Solís
    María Ángeles Rosco
    Carlos Lebrón Lázaro
    Laura Molano Chancal
    Screenplay
    Chema García Ibarra
    Cinematography
    Ion de Sosa
    Editing
    Chema García Ibarra
    Ion de Sosa
    Production
    APELLANIZ & DE SOSA
    Ion de Sosa

    Ion de Sosa

    Spain

    Born in San Sebastián, Spain, in 1981, Ion de Sosa studied Cinematography at the Escuela de Cinematografía y del Audiovisual de la Comunidad de Madrid (ECAM). Since graduating, he has worked as a cinematographer, producer and director, primarily of 16mm films. He currently lives in Barcelona but spent the last ten years in Berlin. His films have screened at festivals including Locarno, Toronto and Hong Kong. His feature film ANDROIDS DREAM screened in the 2015 Forum. He would love to direct a Batman sequel.

    Selected Filmography

    Chema García Ibarra

    Chema García Ibarra

    Spain

    The writer and director was born in Elche, Spain in 1980. He studied advertising and public relations at the Universidad de Alicante and, alongside music videos and commercials, also made short films. His ‘domestic science-fiction’ films have screened at festivals worldwide, including at the Berlinale, Sundance, San Sebastián, Quinzaine des Réalisateurs and Ann Arbor. He teaches ‘anti-filmmaking’ at the Escuela de Cinematografía y del Audiovisual de la Comunidad de Madrid.