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16 DE DECEMBRO

Digital / Color / 14 min. / Spain / 2019

 

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Written & Directed by Álvaro Gago

Produced by Mireia Graell, Álvaro Gago

Cinematographer: Lucia C. Pan

Art Director: Alba Aguiar

Editor: Ricardo Saraiva

Sound: Xavi Souto

Music: Xavier Bértolo

Cast: Cris Iglesias, Javier Valcarce, Fran Pérez, Diego Abad, Ruth Boente, Martín Duplá.

Producción: Ringo Media & Sombriza Films

Country: Spain

Language of the original version: Galician & Spanish

Subtitles: English, Spanish

Shooting Format: Alexa mini 1.78:1

Sound Format: Dolby 5.1

Location: Galicia, Spain

Distribution: Marvin&Wayne

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Synopsis

Saturday. Nightfall. The ball travels quickly across the court as the players try to find gaps in the defense. Lucía, twenty-five, leaves handball training and sets off to pick up her brother under the lights of a city she thinks she knows. 

 

Sábado. Cae a noite. O balón móvese rápido dun lado a outro. Os corpos buscan introducirse nos ocos que deixa a defensa. Lucía, vintecinco anos, sae de adestrar a balonmán e vai a buscar ao seu irmán baixo as luces dunha cidade que cree coñecer.

Director's Statement

 

I found the strength to build this project on the chosen theme. It was burning inside me, full of urgency and anger. My stomach ached, stills does. I vomited the narrative outline. Then started to use reason, and found that ‘16 de decembro’ wasn’t just giving me the chance to actively be a part of what I believe in, but was also allowing me to travel through a wide range of filmic research paths opened in my previous projects.

 

With no intentions of finding any kind of perfection, I was able to further explore the effectiveness of suggesting instead of showing, the fruitfulness of bringing authenticity and poetry together as one formula to attract audiences without giving up on honesty, the idea that the true narrative is found within the faces and bodies of the characters and the power of the double relation ‘identification – distance’, to observe and be at the same time.

 

‘16 de decembro’ cannot happen, but it does and we have to continue to expose ourselves to it so as to reflect and act upon it. We build the essence with our actions, we are not determined by nature and we are responsible of our acts. I feel the duty to protest against all forms of oppression and making this film was my responsibility as a filmmaker and a citizen.

 

Integral to ‘16 de decembro’ is a desire for liberation.

 

Atopei a forza para erguer este proxecto no tema elixido. Queimábame dentro, cheo de urxencia e rabia. Doíame o estómago, aínda doe. E vomitei. So entón apareceu a razón e decateime de que '16 de decembro' non só me brindaba a oportunidade de participar activamente na defensa das miñas conviccións, senón que tamén me concedía o espazo para explorar diversas vías de investigación ligadas ao fílmico e ao humano abertas en anteriores proxectos. A inesgotable busca que nos move a todos.

 

Sen ánimo de atopar ningún tipo de perfección, ‘16 de decembro’ permitiume continuar indagando nas dificultades dos individuos para relacionarse cos espazos, na eficacia da suxestión no canto da exposición, na suma de autenticidade e poesía como fórmula para atraer ao espectador sen renunciar á honestidade, na idea de que a verdadeira narrativa está nos rostros e corpos dos personaxes, ou na dobre relación identificación - distancia, observar e estar ao mesmo tempo.

 

‘16 de Decembro’ non pode ser, pero é, e temos que seguir expoñéndonos a elo, mirarnos directamente aos ollos, reflexionar e actuar. Dixo Simone de Beauvoir que a existencia precede á esencia, porque a esencia a construímos coas nosas accións. Non estamos determinados por natureza. Somos responsables dos nosos actos. Sinto que teño a obrigación de protestar contra todas as formas de opresión. Facer esta película era a miña responsabilidade como cineasta e como cidadá. 

 

'16 Decembro' leva implícito un desexo de liberación.

 

Festivals

Locarno Film Festival, 2019

AFI FEST - Los Angeles, 2019

Clermont-Ferrand - International Short Film Festival, 2020

ABYCINE - Festival de Cine de Albacete, 2019 - Best Short Film

Reykjavík International Film Festival, 2019

Leeds International Film Festival, 2019

BOGOSHORTS - Bogotá Short Film Festival, 2019

ALCINE - Festival de Cine de Alcalá de Henares, 2019 - Best Actress

Semana Internacional de Cine de Valladolid - SEMINCI, 2019

Festival Cinéma Méditerranéen Montpellier - CINEMED, 2019

​FICBE - Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes de Temática Social Berriozar, 2019 - Best Short Film

Curtocircuito - Festival Int. de Cine De Santiago de Compostela, 2019 - Jury Mention (AGAG)

Cinema Jove - Festival Internacional de Cine de Valencia, 2019

IKUSKA - Muestra de Cortometraje de Pasaia, 2019

El Gouna Film Festival, 2019 - Special Jury Mention

Festival de cine de Madrid PNR - Plataforma de Nuevos Realizadores, 2019

Festival de Cortometrajes Diputación de Jaén contra la Violencia de Género, 2019 - Best Short Film

FICBUEU - Festival Internacional Cortometrajes, 2019

Festival de cine de Cartagena, 2019

Festival de Cortometrajes "Cortada" de Vitoria-Gasteiz, 2019

Certame de Curtametraxes Armadiña, 2019 - Best Short Film

FASCURT - Festival de curtmetratges del Masnou, 2019

Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes de Pilar de la Horadada, 2019

Festival de Cine Inclusivo de Vigo - Audience Award & Best Directing

Cortogenia - Temporada de estrenos de cortometrajes, 2019

Festival Nacional de Cortometrajes de Puçol, 2019

Festival de cine de Ponferrada, 2019

Cormorán Film Fest, 2019 - Audience Award

IbizaCineFest, 2020

BUFF Malmö Film Festival, 2020

Semana de Cine de Medina del Campo, 2020