Distances (Les Distàncies / Las Distancias)
Location: Bartos Screening Room
With director Elena Trapé in person for discussion after the film
Presented by Instituto Cervantes New York
Spain. Dir. Elena Trapé. 2018, 99 mins. Digital projection. In Catalan and Spanish with English subtitles. With Miki Esparbe, Alexandra Jimenez, Isak Ferriz. Chillier in tone than The Big Chill, Elena Trapé’s film about a surprise visit by a group of Spanish friends to celebrate the 35th birthday of their friend Comas, who is living in Berlin, is a reunion film in a decidedly minor key that is suffused with the texture of life as it is really lived. None of the friends are exactly where they want to be, and secrets, regrets, and resentments simmer just below the surface. As downbeat as it is, the film always feels refreshingly vital, due to Trapé’s attention to nuance and atmosphere, and to the raw and realistic performances by a great ensemble cast that give this finely wrought fiction the feeling of documentary.
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