Ecuador’s Ana Cristina Barragán, an alum of San Sebastian’s post-graduate movie college Elias Querejeta Zine Eskola (EQZE), has come full circle along with her second function “La Piel Pulpo” (“Octopus Pores and skin”) because it competes on the San Sebastian Competition’s Horizontes Latinos, a yr after it participated within the pageant’s Work in Progress strand (WIP Latam).
A coming-of-age household drama “La Piel Pulpo” activates twins Iris and Ariel who dwell with their mom and youthful sister on a distant island. Having grown up on this rarified atmosphere with solely the mollusks, birds and reptiles for firm, the kids are inseparable and have shaped a close to transcendental reference to nature. Curious in regards to the world past their island, Iris hitches a ship experience with a uncommon customer to discover the mainland and seek for their estranged father. The act of bodily separating from her twin brother places a pressure on their relationship.
Within the trailer, shared solely with Selection, a sequence of haunting photos unfold in opposition to a backdrop of evocative music. Snippets of dialogue reveal the stress within the household because the twins insurgent in opposition to the mom’s orders to keep away from different folks and Iris set off on her personal to the mainland.
You gained’t see an octopus in “La Piel Pulpo” (“Octopus Pores and skin”). Barragán sees the title as a metaphor for Iris, who in her go to to town adroitly learns to adapt to her new atmosphere however stays mysterious, clear, tactile.
Simply as in her earlier brief movies and her career-launching debut function “Alba,” “La Piel Pulpo” explores the world of adolescents, their budding consciousness of their sexuality and their primal innocence.
“Past the story of a movie, I seek for an aroma, a bodily language the place characters work together with their world in a non-verbal method,” Barragán instructed Selection.
Her non-pro teen actors, chosen out of 1,500 aspirants, weren’t solely given performing courses however have been taught easy methods to transfer and be extra in tune with their our bodies, even coaching in parkour.
“I’ve at all times been fascinated by the world of twins, the distinctive language they kind, and what the rupture that comes from rising up and separating implies,” she mentioned. “On this movie, the breakup of the dual universe is tied to the rupture of the people with nature,” she identified.
Barragán is in put up on a docushort “Soñé que period Piedra” and hopes to shoot her subsequent function “La Hiedra” (“The Ivy”) in March or April subsequent yr in Ecuador. Delving into the theme of household ties as soon as extra, “La Hiedra” is led by “How To Get Away With Homicide” star Karla Souza who performs 31-year-old Azucena who seeks the son she gave beginning to at age 13 and deserted. She decides that 18-year-old Julio, who’s about to age out of the orphanage he grew up in, is that son. “The stress between mom and son who bodily appear virtually the identical age opens up an area to discover intuition, the Oedipus Advanced and anger,” Barragán told Variety.
Later subsequent yr, Barragán follows “La Hiedra” with “Amapola,” primarily based on an earlier brief, “Sopor y Ave.” This follows a bunch of intercourse trafficking teen victims who dwell quickly in a shelter. Abigail, age 14, likes visiting the infants the abused women gave beginning to, feeding and taking part in with them as in the event that they have been dolls. When she returns residence, it’s the sea and a brand new pal that assist her heal.
The ocean performs an essential position in most of her movies. “I spent a lot of my childhood on the seashore the place my father resides,” Barragán associated. In truth, most of “La Piel Pulpo” was shot on that seashore the place she labored on her nonetheless pictures venture known as “space-infancy.” “Photographing areas and beings on the seashore the place my father lives and which I do know microscopically was the seed to create an imaginary island, filled with birds and mollusks.”
She has a busy schedule however Barragán, who is simply 35, feels she must make up for misplaced time. “It took me six years to get ‘Alba’ off the bottom; I’ve a lot to say and really feel an urgency to precise so many issues that I’ve to work on a number of initiatives directly.”
Düsseldorf-based Patra Spanou Movie handles worldwide gross sales of the multi-country co-production produced by Caleidoscopio Cine (Ecuador), Graal Movies (Greece), Desenlace Movies (Mexico), Unafilm (Germany) and Promenades Movies (France).