While visiting his mother, Pau receives a phone call: Alex, his brother who disappeared long ago, has committed suicide. Pau and his mother, who is unaware of what exactly happened, set out for the small Pyrenean village where Alex lived before he took his life. This is a journey down their common past, intimate and painful.
In this part of the world, Pau and his mother will come across those who were part of Alex’s life; they will become familiar with his love affairs, his anger, his world, and, quietly, step by step, they will come to life again and rediscover their own selves. –Cannes Film Festival
Catalonian director, Marc Recha is one of European cinema’s most interesting filmmakers. He is just 33 and has three features under his belt: El Cielo Sube – Heaven Rises (1991), El Arbol de Las Cerezas (The Cherry Tree – 1998), Pau i el seu germa (Pablo and his Brother – 2000). The fourth, Les Mains Vides (Empty Hands) is set in the south of France, close to the border with Catalonia, is still in production. Recha’s CV is quite a surprise: he began his film career at 14 and has made numerous short films. Recha won a scholarship to study cinema and directed his first feature at 21: it was screened in Locarno and Venice. Seven years later he won the FIPRESCI Award in Locarno for The Cherry Tree. His third feature, Pablo and His Brother was selected for competition in Cannes.
Recha’s points of reference are obvious and they range from Rossellini to Kiarostami, Bresson and Godard. “Audiences have changed and so has the way we produce films. But the filmmaker’s eye has never changed… read more