A production of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” searches for an unprofessional actress for the role of Sycorax, one of the play’s unseen characters. In this process, the mythological being that entrapped Ariel finally gains her voice in the Azorean landscape.
Melding Piñero’s love of Shakespeare and of meta-fictionalizing his masterpieces, with Patiño’s fascination towards landscapes and of fictionalized realities, “Sycorax” showcases what both best of what the Argentine and Galician filmmakers have to offer, while seamlessly blending their leitmotifs to form an integral and cohesive work of art. Shot in the Azores (and what better editor than Jorge Jacome to piece such landscapes together!), the directors’ first joint work out of a planned series gives agency to one of Shakespeare lesser-known characters, freeing her of her role as a mere foil to the protagonist, Prospero. In this process of searching for an unprofessional actress for the role of Sycorax that makes for the film’s narrative pretext, the mythological being that entrapped Ariel finally gains her voice. (Flavia Dima)
Lois Patiño is a filmmaker and artist, considered part of a generation of Galician filmmakers called “Novo Cinema Galego”, whose work is concerned with contemplative experience and the relationship between people and landscape. His films were shown at renowned festivals such as Cannes, Berlinale, Locarno, Toronto, Rotterdam, New York, Viennale, IDFA, Oberhausen and Clermont-Ferrand.
Matías Piñeiro is known for his ongoing series called “The Shakespeareads”, shot over the last decade with the same group of actresses. His films have been screened in festivals such as Cannes, Berlinale, TIFF, NYFF, Locarno, Rotterdam and San Sebastian, and in museums such as Centre Pompidou, Tate Modern, Reina Sofía and MoMA.
LENGHT: 20 min.
CAST/ DISTRIBUȚIE: Susana Abreu, Diana Diegues, Agustina Muñoz
SCRIPTWRITING/ SCENARIU: Lois Patiño, Matías Piñeiro
CINEMATOGRAPHY/ IMAGINE: Mauro Herce
EDITING/ MONTAJ: Jorge Jacome
SOUND/ SUNET: Pedro Marinho
MUSIC/ MUZICĂ: Henry Purcell
Filmika Galaika / www.filmikagalaika.com
Bando À Parte/ www.bandoaparte.com
João Paulo Macedo / Bando À Parte
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