19:00, Años luz (Light years), Manuel Abramovich, Argentina-Brazil-Spain, 2017, 75'
Manuel Abramovich is a director whose work we follow closely. This year, the San Sebastian Festival screened his feature film Soldado in the Zabaltegi-Tabakalera section. Following this, in the extension of that section that we carried out in October, we showed another of his short films (La Reina, 2013) and the feature film Solar (2016).
When we learned this summer that Abramovich was making a film about the shooting of the film Zama by Lucrecia Martel, we were very eager to hear any further news about that project, which finally premiered at the Venice International Film Festival (Venice Classics Section). And now that we are dedicating a spotlight to the work of the Argentine director, it seemed essential to include this film/documentary portrait of Lucrecia Martel during the shooting of her latest film, Zama.
“There is an apparently invisible feeling in the images of the films of Lucrecia Martel, something that we could define as transcendental. Making a documentary portrait of her creative process during the filming of Zama came about because of my curiosity to discover something about that mystery, that magic trick. Far from the idea of another “behind the camera” documentary, Años luz began as a secondary film, separate from the one she was shooting. It was to be an intimate and observational documentary that would somehow allow us to get inside her head during the moment of creation. What would a film with Lucrecia as the protagonist be like?”