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Fire Will Come

Oliver Laxe
O que arde
Spain, France, Luxembourg 2019 / 90’
Bait Ghost Tropic

Winner of the Un Certain Regard jury prize at the Cannes Festival, set in the landscapes of the peripheral Spanish Galicia, Laxe's film tells of the need for balance. The ecosystem threatened here is not just nature, but also the local community. The causes of tension are the return of Amador, who has just served two years for arson, and the changes consuming the local tourist-starved villages. The mountainous landscape of Galicia is not just a background, but the main character - raw and demanding, it shapes human characters and relationships in its own image; it carves their faces and it teaches toughness. After his two-year stint in prison, Amador’s mother, greets him witha “You must be hungry,” seemingly the only way she can show her son acceptance and love. Ostensibly similar to a documentary, Laxe's style turns reality into a poem, the theme of which is the titular power of fire - purification through destruction. The condition of change and duration at the same time is expressed as a violent explosion after years of latent unrest and heated desires. Fire Will Come is a cinematicenigma, slow cinema, which observes people in their natural habitat. Laxe humbly accepts the principles dictated by nature. If art can be "eco" at all, then this film is just that - organic.

Małgorzata Sadowska


Cannes IFF 2019 – Un Certain Regard Jury Prize

Oliver Laxe

Director, screenwriter, actor and Galicia native Oliver Laxe was born in 1982 in France. He studied at the Pompeu Fabry University in Barcelona and began his film career in London. After a series of short films, he made his debut with the filmYou All Are Captains, which won the FIPRESCI Award at the Cannes Film Festival. There, during Critics' Week, he premiered Mimosas, the winner of the Nespresso Grand Prize. His latest film, Fire Will Come, debuted in the Cannes Un Certain Regard section and won the Jury Prize. Laxe is co-founder of Zeitun Films.

Selected filmography

2006 Y las chimeneas decidieron escapar (doc., short, co-dir.)

2007 Suena la trompeta, ahora veo otra cara (doc., short)

2008 París #1 (doc., short)

2010 Wszyscy jesteście szefami / Todos vós sodes capitáns / You All Are Captains (doc.)

2016 Mimosas

Cast & Crew

director Oliver Laxe
screenplay Oliver Laxe, Santiago Fillol
cinematography Mauro Herce
editing Cristobal Fernandez
music Amanda Villiavieja, David Machado, Sergio da Silva, Xavi Souto
cast Amador Arias, Benedicta Sánchez
producer Mani Mortazavi, Andrea Queralt
production 4A4 Productions, Kowalski Films, Miramemira, Tarantula
Polish distributor Stowarzyszenie Nowe Horyzonty
language Gallegan
colouration colour