PÖFF : 2021 : BNFF

International premiere

The Gentiles

Local title
Õrnus
Title in Russian
Нежность
Original title
Las gentiles
Director
Santi Amodeo
Country
Spain
Year
2021
Festival
25th Black Nights Film Festival
Programme
Official Selection
Genre
drama, comedy

Ana throws her life on the instragam and other social networks, where she posts pictures, videos and short animations, together with witty (and lucid) texts. Ana is going through a strange moment. In addition to going through the family conflicts and identity issues typical of her age, she experiences something new. She feels something she does not quite understand, for her close friend Corrales.

Santi Amodeo signs what can be his most free film. A pure exercise of creativity where he teams up with the best accomplices: a group of young debutant actresses (an absolute revelation after casting over 200 participants). Full of talent and freshness, the teenagers bring us, jumping from here to there, to their spontaneous lives in Sevilla which they display on the net, where the boundaries between reality, wishful thinking and fantasy often become blurred.

Shot on Super 16mm and with a variety of textures, “Las Gentiles” dancing of formats keeps the flow through diversity of screens. A note for the exquisite work of the top DOP (and lifetime Amodeo’s collaborator) Alex Catalan, who gives form to this summary of vignettes which is the protagonists' daily life.

Some reality bites, some black humour, sharp dialogues and raw situations make the film look hyper realistic but also pop, arty and filled with a dreamy atmosphere. An exercise of freedom by a talented director who butters us up with just a cool experience (kawaii!!), taking us on a ride with a group of friends you just want to spend more time with, endlessly...

Javier Garcia Puerto

Director
Santi Amodeo
Screenwriter
Santi Amodeo, Rafael Cobos
Cast
África de la Cruz, Paula Díaz, Olga Navalón, Lola Buero, Alva Inger
DoP
Álex Catalán
Editor
José M. G. Moyano
Music
Bronquio
Production
Las Gentiles Película, Grupo Tranquilo PC, Sacromonte Films
Runtime
Language
Spanish
Subtitles
English, Estonian
Director
Santi Amodeo

Santi Amodeo (snd 1969) õppis stsenograafiat Sevilla teatriinstituudis (Instituto del Teatro de Sevilla). Ta on režissöör ja stsenarist, lisaks kitarrist ja helilooja, kellelt on ilmunud mitu sooloplaati ja soundtrack'i. Tema tuntuim film on debüüt „The Pilgrim Factory“ (2000), mille ta tegi koos Alberto Rodrígueziga ja mis pälvis žürii äramärkimise San Sebastiani filmifestivalil. Ka tema järgmised filmid on saanud rida nii kohaliku filmiakadeemia kui ka rahvusvaheliste festivalide preemiaid. Tema 2013. aasta film „Who Killed Bambi?“ (2013) on aga seniajani üks kümnest kõige suurema kassatuluga filme Hispaanias.

El factor Pilgrim (The Pilgrim Factor, 2000, co-dir), Astronautas (Astronauts, 2003), Cabeza de perro (Doghead, 2006), ¿Quién mató a Bambi? (Who Killed Bambi, 2013), Yo, mi mujer y mi mujer muerta (2019), Las Gentiles (2021)

Grand Prix for The Best Film, grant of 20 000 euros from the city of Tallinn

Screenings

iSense hall Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening090103 / Õrnus
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Q&A guestsSantiago Amodeo Ojeda, Daniel Pérez Astiárraga, Africa de la Cruz, Paula Diaz
Q&A duration
Screening duration
Hall Athena Center
Screening112102 / Õrnus
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Screening duration
Hall 8 Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening160603 / Õrnus
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Screening duration
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