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To Help the Human Eye

In the early 20th century, a series of gnostic spells cast in India fall on a Spanish priest, destroying both his honor and his life and cursing forever his descendants. Almost a century later, his great-grandson –a priest himself–, haunted by this curse, will be forced to run away from a village, then from the city, and will eventually end up in an underwater cathedral, down in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Wizards, thugs, insects, archons, and Satan himself are some of the ominous characters he will have to face to survive his evangelizing adventure.

 

 

Velasco Broca: Director
Julián Génisson: Director
Julián Génisson: Writer
Velasco Broca: Writer
Lorena Iglesias: Writer
Luis Cerveró: Producer
Ignacio Martín de la Cruz: Producer
Enrique P. Vergara: Producer
Julián Génisson: Key Cast
Ramón Churruca: Key Cast
Nacho Vera: Key Cast
Andrés Gertrudix: Key Cast
Nacho Vigalondo: Key Cast
Esperanza Palacios: Key Cast
Carmen Escalante: Key Cast
Isabel M. Delgado: Key Cast
Daniel Terroba: Key Cast
Alejandro Maestro: Key Cast
Carmen Sánchez-Vergara: Key Cast
Pilar Fernández: Key Cast
Lorena Iglesias: Key Cast
Salvador Boluda: Key Cast
Chema García: Key Cast
Guillermo Llansó: Key Cast
Aaron Rux: Key Cast
Claudia Soto: Key Cast
Yolanda Sola: Key Cast
Javier Botet: Key Cast
Carmen Gómez: Key Cast
Miguel Vidal: Key Cast
Velasco Broca: Key Cast
Joe Crepúsculo: Key Cast
Bárbara Mingo: Key Cast
Beatriz Lobo: Key Cast
Juan Antonio Herreruela: Key Cast
Satish Kumar: Key Cast
Black Baba: Key Cast

 

Project Title (Original Language): Ayudar al ojo humano
Film Type: Feature
Genres: Drama, Sci-fi, Comedy, Mystery, Fantastic, Experimental
Runtime: 1 hour 23 minutes
Completion Date: November 1, 2017
Country of Origin: Spain
Country of Filming: India, Spain
Film Language: Spanish
Shooting Format: Digital, 16mm
Film Color: Black & White and Color

 

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The tale of the Idiot

Evelin lives with her sister Alice and her Father in an isolated cottage along the river.
Since her mother’s passing, no one has ever crossed the gate of their property.
Nobody has left or entered.

They live in a world in which every sign of life has to be suppressed and inhibited. Life is a source of pain, attachments and affections induce sorrow and this evil has to be avoided. But now something new has started to grow inside Evelin. Something that cannot be pushed away. Her body has awakened and has no intention to be bunked down again. In the meantime, the blossoming spring has started and a young man, called by everyone the idiot, has decided to abandon his land, looking for the woman he met in his dreams.

The story was inspired by the book “More Than Human” by Theodore Sturgeon

“ Like a stone in a peach, a yolk in an egg, he carried another thing.

It was passive, it was receptive, it was awake and alive. If it was connected in any way to the animal integument, it ignored the connexions. It drew its substance from the idiot and was otherwise unaware of him.

 

 

Seth Morley: Director
Yag Film and Giovanni Fiamminghi: Producer
Adriana Grigoriev: Key Cast
Marta Suardi: Key Cast
Niccolò Tiberi: Key Cast
Mino Francesco Manni: Key Cast

 

Film Type: Experimental, Short
Genres: Tragedy, drama, horror
Runtime: 35 minutes
Completion Date: July 13, 2017
Country of Origin: Italy
Country of Filming: Italy
Film Language: Italian
Shooting Format: Digital Full HD
Film Color: Color

 

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Tau, the daemon and the city

Tau is, at once, a fiction film on spirits, a documentary on the passing of time in a small town and a portrait of Catalan traditional culture.

An immaterial being talks us through the streets of a coastal town. Moving between people’s feelings, dreams, and mindscapes, the spirit relentlessly looks for his double among the city inhabitants.

Tau is a docu-fiction portrait of a city, Tarragona, as seen through the “eyes” of a daemon who dwells in a parallel, and yet close to ours, reality. The story takes place somewhere between the contemporary world and the ancient times of myths, spirits, and daemons. The film also explores cultural archetypes showing the eternal conflict between centralized and decentralized structures, between pyramids and networks.

 

 

Gerard Gil: Director
Gerard Gil: Writer
Gerard Gil: Producer

 

Project Title (Original Language): Tau, la ciutat i el daimon
Film Type: Documentary, Experimental, Feature
Genres: docu-fiction, fiction documentary
Runtime: 2 hours 3 minutes 33 seconds
Completion Date: December 1, 2017
Country of Origin: Spain
Country of Filming: Spain
Film Language: Catalan
Shooting Format: DVCam
Film Color: Color

 

Director Statement:
The idea for “Tau, the daemon and the city” came at the time I was working as a cameraman for tv. I was often sent to record images of certain programmes. Sometimes it was a contest, sometimes news or cultural events; and, many times, while I was filming those “commissioned images”, I noticed, around me, other images that were much more interesting than the ones I was supposed to take. I soon realized that this was not a rare occurrence and that, in fact, every time one spends enough time, it doesn’t matter where, if one is patient, valuable images show up. I recalled VictoThere are saying: “There are things that time doesn’t give you if you can’t wait”. I decided to put this assumption to practice and It soon came to me that I should make a film about my hometown. And, since I needed some departure point, I decided to capture an annual cycle.

I kept going out to the streets regularly with the camera, looking for the images reality had to offer. It took more than one year, but gradually I filmed less and less. Finally, in 2017, watching some of the raw footage after having long forgotten about it, I noticed that the images already looked old, that my city had changed and that technology had evolved too. My old camcorder didn’t work properly anymore and I would better hurry to capture all those tapes if I didn’t want them to disappear in the drawer of abandoned projects and obsolete technologies.

An image says a lot about an eye, and this is true in the same measure for creators and viewers. I can say I feel the images in this film as a personal process (even if I was possessed by the daemon when I filmed them) and I can perfectly recall the total fusion with the present that I experienced shooting each one of them. As to the voice over text, it was fully dictated to me by the daemon after a reading of Plotinus’ Enneads. It’s hard to say whether we have ideas or ideas have us. Sometimes I feel as if the spirit has abandoned me and I miss him (or her), but on other occasions, I’m not sure of where my thoughts end and where the daemons begin.

Gerard Gil,
March 24th, 2017

 

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