AXW – What inspired you to make Memorais ?
Ana Rodríguez León – On one side, there was the aim to make a film about the nature of memory but in a science fiction context. That idea of joining an extreme future with a far away past felt like an attractive point of departure to me.
At that time, I was reading Poe’s tales, and there were two of them “The colloquy between Monos and Una”, and- specially- “The conversation of Eiros and Charmion”, which presented an apocalyptic scene, a world after the death of the Earth— these amazing tales were so inspiring to me.
On another side, I wanted to work with some images that I had recorded in a touristic ship called “Las golondrinas”, in Barcelona. I couldn’t had used these Super 8 images in my previous work Bell & Howell 2146 XL, and I really wanted to work with them, because these ship and its views are part of the memories of almost everybody who has born or lived for a long time in Barcelona. They were naturally tied with my own memories, so I could write more easily the character ones.
I tried to put the pieces all together, and create a story. What resulted, was Memorais.
AXW – Your work has used “memories” as its base. Please tell us about your creative process.
Ana Rodríguez León – The process of constructing our memories is actually amazing. I remember quite a long time ago, seeing Lynch’s Mulholland Drive and being sure that a particular image was in the film. Some time later, I saw the film again and the image I remembered was impossible to find. It seems that what I remembered was actually its own “composition” from some other images present in the film. That was a clear example to me of the uncertain nature of memory, that shows how we sometimes remember things that actually didn’t happen, or happened in a different way.
I began working with the images of Barcelona’s port and the idea of approaching the nature of memory through unsure facts and contradictions in the text, but it was during the editing process, where the question powerfully emerged: if the memories we construct can or can’t be considered less certain, or less valuable, than the events that we can catalogue as facts, if that catalogueing is actually possible, as Akira Kurosawa set out in Rashomon.
I worked on the text for a long time to bring to light these questions, and because I really enjoy working with words and the particular relation of rhythm and perception they establish with images. In the end, curiously, it was the absence of words – along with the use of color and sound- that became more significant in the short film, giving the audience the space to put their owns.
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SPIRIT DREAMS (show 14) – TRT: 32.39 On the interior characters within us: Who are they and what do they want? CLICK HERE to View this Festival SHARING IS CARING Laura Hyunjhee Kim; TRT: 2.33; USA An exploration in the various modes of communication, is presented in the formats of a music video, with appropriated […]
VALUE JUDGMENTS (show 15) – TRT: 28.39 What is the value of connection and how is it done? CLICK HERE to View this Festival BE MY CLONE; Laura Hyunjhee Kim; TRT: 2.21; USA How can you steal a mind of a fool? Forever bend and dance with me How can you steal a mind of […]
LANDSCAPE COMES ATTACHED (show 16) – TRT: 20.19 How much space do we take up? How far does this reach? CLICK HERE to View this Festival LANDSCAPE_1 LANDSCAPE_2.0; Rrose Present; TRT: 6.14; SPAIN LANDSCAPE: Humanity sees herself through this gaze that represents it. Read more… Like a game of mirrors, we can only see what […]
APPARITIONS (show 17) – TRT: 30.49 Personal minds with reviews of that other force… CLICK HERE to View this Festival ELFMÄDCHEN; Mirka Morales; TRT: 16.00; 16mm film to digi; Winner of Chicago Underground Film Festival best animation award 2009. Read more… Music: bruce haack, tipsy, people like us and ian pooley; ELFMÄDCHEN (elfgirls) is an […]
CRYSTAL UMBRELLAS (show 18) – TRT: 37.00 Re-examining our place in the world. CLICK HERE to View this Festival THUDERBOLT; Heidi Phillips; TRT: 3.30; CANADA Light explodes out of the darkness engulfing a young woman as she tries to find her way through the storm. Read more… Light explodes out of the darkness engulfing a […]
I DENTED ORIENTED (show 19) – TRT: 30.22 Reflections made. CLICK HERE to View this Festival SHE VANISHES; Sara Bonaventura; TRT: 7.26; ITALY This my anti-manifesto. A mise en scene of an impossibility, a virtual presence. Read more… An “impossible body” is enacting a fantasy of loss and distance: of desire, that cannot be satisfied […]
POLITICAL RESTINGS (show 20) – TRT: 25.34 The Whole World is Our Backyard CLICK HERE to View this Festival CODES OF… SENSES II; Rrose Present; TRT: 3.39; SPAIN Concept: Video without camera, reinterpreting the camera-world. Read more… Codes of… senses, Codes of significance. The images of riots in Istanbul onlinein 2013 (those they allowed to […]
MOTHER’S DAY (show 21) – TRT: 21.30 Somewhere: Our Mother and Ourself CLICK HERE to View this Festival STORY OF A CURSE #1; Negin Sharifzadeh; TRT: 4.49; IRAN/AMERICAN The first of a series of animated films based on familial stories that were inspired by the Iranian/American filmmaker’s mother’s story of moving through loss and despair. […]