DIARY OF PAMPLONA (17', Argentina, 2011)

 

Seemingly a diary depicting a couple’s voyage to Spain, DIARY OF PAMPLONA is actually a touching homage paid to all the things we find difficult to express and, at the same time, yet another demonstration of how repurposing archive material can render poetical meanings. While seeing filmed scenes of the bull races from Pamplona, we listen to the woman's calm voice, giving an account of exterior and neutral details of the trip. At the same time, by means of double exposure, one can observe on the screen written fragments from her conversations with her husband, in which the painful presence of a matrimonial crisis is gradually infiltrating. At the ending, the two levels of discourse intersect, a dying bull becoming the metaphor of their disintegrating relationship.

Director: GONZALO EGURZA

 

Cast: JULIETA AVERBUJ

Editing: GONZALO EGURZA, NICOLÁS J. SCATAMACCHIA

Sound: GONZALO EGURZA, NICOLÁS J. SCATAMACCHIA

Production: GONZALO EGURZA



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GONZALO EGURZA

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Filmmaker and teacher of Audiovisual and Digital Techniques at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires, GONZALO EGURZA also works in production and postproduction, in cultural management and commercials. His personal explorations go in the areas of experimental film, video art and video installations, working predominantly with found footage. He presented his films in local and international festivals and programs such as Oberhausen, Les Instant Video (France), Federculture (Italy), among others. GONZALO EGURZA has recently been awarded with the 1st price in the Independent Film Festival of La Plata, 2011.

 

Oberhausen 2012 / Buenos Aires Bienal of Moving Image 2012

 

"GONZALO EGURZA uses the Super 8 found footage in a visual experiment with two parallel narrations. Through voice over and image, we discover a travel diary documenting the trip of woman from Buenos Aires to Pamplona, together with her husband, in search of her family roots. Meanwhile, over imposed, we see on the screen bits of the couple’s dialogue (on the left, the woman’s words, on the right her husband’s) showing the end of their marriage. We only hear the woman speaking, as if the only voice she can still hear is her own. The calm, contagious voice of Julieta Averbuj makes an interesting counter-point with the footage of the encierro, the world-famous running bulls celebrating the San Fermin festival. In the end, the two dimensions (the voice-over and the super-imposed text) intersect one another, and a dying bull becomes a metaphor of a disintegrating relationship. The director's intervention on the footage is remarkable. The use of the split screen, the deliberate extensions of the out of focus of the slides, the over-exposure which literally transforms the images in a burning material, all these are ways to build tension and anxiety without having the regular cinematic means to create them, like the mise-en-scene to play with or camera angles to choose from." (Andrei Dobrescu, BIEFF 2012)

 

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