The Hidden City

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    The Hidden City

    Directed by

    Spain, France, Germany

    2018

    80 min

    • Spanish

    Documentary

    This descent into the visceral depths of a European city most resembles a science fiction film, and that includes its mysterious, claustrophobic atmosphere and powerful soundtrack. When Victor Moreno films a tunnel tube, it’s like a scene from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Luminescent footsteps hover like stars, welding sparks form a celestial inferno, water creeps spookily along a wall—suddenly, there’s beauty in a ventilator shaft. The vast labyrinth of tunnels, sewage pipes and subway stations forms an immense web on which the city rests and depends. You could see it as a purely functional space, but also as a symbolic, hidden region—the city’s subconsciousness. This eerie subterranean zone is also home to rats, cats and owls, making the urban underbelly an organism unto itself. As it feels its way along dark, mysterious tunnels that seem to have been made to get lost in, this visual masterpiece reveals a world usually hidden from our gaze.

    Awards

    • Eurimages Award - Les Arcs FF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Rodrigo Rodríguez
    Nayra Sanz Fuentes
    Victor Moreno
    Cinematography
    Jose Alayon
    Editing
    Samuel M. Delgado
    Victor Moreno
    Music
    Sergio Fernadez Borras
    Production
    EL VIAJE PRODUCCIONES
    Sales
    SHELLAC

    Press

    Victor Moreno

    Victor Moreno

    Spain

    Victor Moreno is a filmmaker whose work has been exhibited in several festivals such as San Sebastian Film Festival, Visions du reel, Bafici and Doc Lisboa, in 20 different countries and in multidisciplinary forms in places like the Barbican Center (London) and UnionDocs (New York). THE HIDDEN CITY (2018) is his latest film which premiered at IDFA.