Guest

A film by José Luis Guerín

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.

Director’s Notes

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.

Original Title

Guest

Genre

Documentary

Director

José Luis Guerín

Specifications

Spain / Spanish, French, English / 2010 / 127 min

Technical data

HD / Stereo / 1:1.85 / B&W

Available subtitles

English, French, Spanish

Production company

Versus Entertainment

Executive producer

Alejandro Miranda, Adrián Guerra, José Tito Martínez

Screenwriter

José Luis Guerín

Music

Gorka Benítez

Director of photography

Gerardo Gormezano, José Luis Guerín

Editor

José Tito Martínez, Nuria Esquerra

Festivals and awards

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