A film director’s year travel diary visiting the most important film festivals around the world
Camera in hand, film director José Luís Guerín (”Innisfree”, “En construcción”) wanders the streets of a number of international cities whose festivals he is attending during the promotional tour of one of his films, in search of a character or plot for his next work.
In the year from September 2007 until September 2008, I challenged myself by accepting without any exclusions all of the film festivals and events inviting me as a guest. It made no difference whether I had any fondness for the place, nor the importance of the event: I would go to all of them; and I would try to see something at each one, leaving a trace of that fleeting visit like a quick sketch, captured in just a stroke. I arrive in an unknown city and wander about the streets, camera in hand, without any direction or preconceived idea in mind beyond the predisposition to be open to all encounters, to the latent revelation in the fortuitous. During this year of hotel rooms, I would frequently wake up to find an a festival pass on the bedside table where the word. GUEST could be read next to the passport-sized photo identifying me. I thought that this was my statute, my position, my pact with the world, while the film-journey lasted.
José Luis Guerín
Spain / Spanish, French, English / 2010 / 127 min
HD / Stereo / 1:1.85 / B&W
English, French, Spanish
Alejandro Miranda, Adrián Guerra, José Tito Martínez
José Luis Guerín
Director of photography
Gerardo Gormezano, José Luis Guerín
José Tito Martínez, Nuria Esquerra
Festivals and awards