From acclaimed Spanish director Julio Medem comes a thriller that negotiates the personal, the political and the mystical. Ana leads a sheltered existence with her father on Ibiza until a mysterious philanthropist (Charlotte Rampling) stumbles on Anas artwork and invites her to Madrid to develop as a painter. There Ana meets Said, a Berber refugee, and suddenly their passionate relationship leads to the discovery of other past lives that Ana appears to have had. As these are peeled away Ana begins to question who she is and her journey takes her across eras and continents on a voyage that goes far beyond self-discovery. Grounded in an extraordinary performance by newcomer Vellés, Chaotic Ana is a tale of remembrance, trauma and identity that negotiates the very boundaries of that which can be known and that which will always defy human control. –Mongrel Media
Julio Médem (born 21 October 1958) is a Spanish Basque writer and film director. He was born in San Sebastián, Basque Country and showed an interest in movies since childhood, when he would take his father’s Super 8 camera and shoot at night, while nobody was paying attention. After college graduation (where he earned degrees in Medicine and General Surgery) he worked as a film critic and later as a screenwriter, assistant director and editor. After a few shorts he directed his first full length feature, Vacas (’Cows’) for which he won a Goya Award.
After this film he directed The Red Squirrel and Earth, both receiving good reviews at Cannes. In his next movie, Lovers of the Arctic Circle, which has been compared to the works of Krzysztof Kieślowski, he explored circular narrative and a taste for minimalistic textures that he then overcame in his next film, Sex and Lucia, where the plot dissolves into a very lyrical eroticism. After this film he took a tangent from his style… read more
I respect how difficult it is to make a film. I value the Arts, performers, and cultural enterprise. Especially during the post-industrial miasma of global economic collapse; but this film is the least; interesting, meaningful, pleasant and most lacking–for all its posturing–in Art, that I have studied, so far, on MUBI or the CC. Stylistic fabulation at its artistic nadir.