In 2006 Isaki Lacuesta made The Legend of Time (shown at New Horizons), a fictionalized documentary about two Roma brothers who must quickly grow up after the tragic death of their father. In the moving drama of Between Two Waters, the director returns to his heroes 12 years later, showing the different paths of their fates. Israel, the younger of the two, is just getting out of prison. He wants to start all over again, but it is difficult to get a job in unemployment plagued Andalusia. He feels that apart from drugs, imprisonment and death, his hometown has little to offer. His older brother, Cheíto, a sailor whose life is far from carefree, tries to turn him from the road to perdition. Awarded with the Golden Shell at the San Sebastián International Film Festival, Lacuesta's film is intimate, focused on characters, their gestures and bodies, and at the same time expressive like flamenco and epic in showing more than a decade of the siblings' lives. Drawing a social landscape of the poor South, the director avoids a condescending tone and charms audiences with the tenderness and respect with which he frames the protagonists. From inconspicuous moments, Lacuesta manages to sketch a melancholy portrait of difficult brotherly love and a snapshot of a crisis of manhood that is unable to keep pace with modernity.
San Sebastián IFF 2018 – Golden Seashell
Isaki Lacuesta was born in Girona in 1975; he specializes in film essays that combine aspects of documentary and fiction. Lacuesta also writes screenplays for others (Garbo: Spy), creates numerous installations and teaches at the renowned Pompeu Fabra University. He twice won the Golden Shell, the top prize at the San Sebastián International Film Festival - in 2011 for his enigmatic portrait of writer and painter François Augiérasentitled The Double Steps (12th NH) and, 7 years later, for Between Two Waters.
2000 Caras vs. caras (short)
2002 Cravan vs. Cravan (doc.)
2006 Legenda o czasie / La leyenda del tiempo / The Legend of Time
2009 Potępieni / Los condenados / The Damned
2010 La noche que no acaba / All Night Long (doc.)
2011 Podwójne ślady / Los pasos dobles / The Double Steps
2011 Zapiski z gliny / El cuaderno de barro / The Clay Diaries (doc.)
2016 Kolejna skóra / La propera pell / The Next Skin