The story could be told from the point of view of the Parrot, an aggravating winged creature who saw his mistress, old Madam Catherine, kick the bucket by a forceful effort and buried on the sly by Eric the mechanic. The story could also be told by stopping the trains that cross this small town not far from the border. Passenger cars scoured by nomadic controllers, lost like Sophie; cars unloading their lot of passengers, like the too-seductive Gerard who, in fact, is only passing through. It could also be understood through the bottles served by Yann the cafe barman… A sinister, simple and very tangled story. –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