Fire Will Come
[O que arde], directed by Oliver Laxe, Francje/Spain/Luxembourg 2019, 90' (English friendly)
Winner of the Jury Award in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes IFF (2019). Set against the landscape of the Spanish Galicia, Laxe’s film is an insightful story that pulses with tension about the need for balance in a world of dangerous changes. Not only the natural world is an endangered ecosystem here, but also the local community. A thoroughly universal story, which at the same time is very modern: Amador, having served a sentence for arson, returns to a tourist-starved village at the edge of the world, but his relatives’ reaction is not exactly joyous. With each passing day untold conflicts smoulder and intensify. On par with the film’s protagonist is the harsh, mountainous landscape of Galicia, which shapes the characters and relationships between them in its own image. Oliver Laxe humbly accepts the principles dictated by nature. If art can be ‘eco’ at all, then this film is just that – organic.
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