The Still Life of Harley Prosper

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    The Still Life of Harley Prosper

    La vida suspendida de Harley Prosper

    Directed by

    Mexico

    2018

    66 min

    • English

    Documentary

    Encuentro de Otros Cines FF

    As a child, Harley Prosper was designated the “medicine man”, a significant role for the spiritual conscience of his Native American community, which is fighting the abandonment of its ancestral traditions. But the chosen one fled his destiny. He descended into alcoholism and is letting himself die in Vancouver, in a hospital for the terminally ill. Locked up in this voluntary exile, Prosper defies the spirit that lives within him, confronting the inner voices that constantly remind him that it is impossible to escape his destiny. And even less so his history. The camera films the last days of this man at the peak of his frenzy. Juan Manuel Sepúlveda pushes the interview device to the extreme, questioning all the voices and all the men who live in Harley Prosper’s spirit, exploring each centimetre of his skin, sharing the delirium of his confinement. In this film, he is not a talking head, he is a multiple body, overflowing. Half-man, half-spirit, Harley Prosper awaits only death. Sharing his fatal journey, we reach his state of trance.

    Awards

    • Best Film in Burning Lights - Visions du Réel
    • Special Mention (Mexican Competition) - FICUNAM
    • Best Director (Documentary) - Málaga IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Harley Prosper
    Screenplay
    Juan Manuel Sepúlveda
    David Cunningham
    Cinematography
    Juan Manuel Sepúlveda
    Editing
    Lorenzo Mora Salazar
    Production
    FRAGUA CINEMATOGRAFIA
    Juan Manuel Sepúlveda

    Juan Manuel Sepúlveda

    Mexico

    Sepúlveda is a documentary filmmaker and cinematographer. In 2006 he received the Ariel Award from the Mexican Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his documentary UNDER THE GROUND. His debut film THE INFINITE BORDER (2007) was selected to participate in the Berlin IFF, and also won the Joris Ivens Award at Cinema du Réel in Paris. He was the cinematographer on the film LEAP YEAR (2010), which won the Caméra d'Or at the 2010 Cannes FF. His film THE STRANGE SOUND OF THE LAND BEING OPENED IN A FURROW (2011) won him the Best Documentary Short Award at the Cinema du Réel Festival in Paris. His third feature film, THE BALLAD OF OPPENHEIMER PARK (2016) was selected at FICCI and Cinéma du Réel. His documentary THE STILL LIFE OF HARLEY PROSPER (2018) screened at Cartagena IFF and had its international premiere at Visions du Réel.

    Selected Filmography