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The Distance

Sergio Caballero
La distancia
Spain 2014 / 80’

It is no accident that the artist imprisoned in an abandoned Siberian power plant in The Distance is reminiscent of Joseph Beuys. This is a film that is equally Dadaist and unpredictable, like the German’s performance art, combining shamanism with a love of learning. Sergio Caballero bravely enters the domain of the absurd, making an even more bizarre narrative than in his debut film, Finisterrae. Three telepathic dwarves are given a task by the prisoner: to steal the object of the title, whatever that happens to be. Along the way, the protagonists meet a mutant guard and a smoking barrel that reads out haiku in Japanese and is in love with a chimney. The director turns the conventions of a heist movie on their head, which he achieves to comic effect through the use of dragged-out scenes and surprising editing. Not in a hurry to get anywhere, the film evokes the spirit of Tarkovsky’s Stalker. The main point is to have a laugh, but not only, as in the shadow of the impressive Russian landscape there is hidden a surprising melancholy.

Robert Mróz

Sergio Caballero

Born in 1966, Sergio Caballero is the co-founder and artistic director of the Barcelona-based Sónar festival. He also makes electronic music and is a conceptual artist. His debut film, Finisterrae, garnered the main prize at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam.He makes films in reverse, first thinking of images that he then arranges like a musical composition. Then he chooses locations, and only then does he write the screenplay.

Filmography

2010 Finisterrae

2014 Ancha es Castilla / N'importe quoi (short)

2014 Dystans / La distancia / The Distance

Cast & Crew

director Sergio Caballero
screenplay Sergio Caballero
cinematography Marc Gómez del Moral
editing Martí Roca
music Pedro Alcalde, Sergio Caballero
cast Michal Lagosz, Alberto Martínez, Jinson Añazco, Roland Olbeter, Vidi Vidal
producer Advanced Music SL, Sónar Festival, Arcadia Motion Pictures
production Sergio Caballero, Ibon Cormenzana
Polish distributor Stowarzyszenie Nowe Horyzonty
language Russian, Japanese, German
colouration colour