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
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.
March 24th, 2017
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