10/26/2018.- In Carrasca, director Alejandro Cortés tells the story of Teresa Ramón, a woman, artist, grandmother, mother and wife, who forged her own way in a man’s world. The film is the first feature-length documentary by the Spanish director, and was presented as a special, out-of-competition screening in the DOC. Spain section.
Squarely and with its own voice, the film creates a spontaneous, irreverent dialogue between artist and audience, in which the veteran painter from Huesca “transports viewers to the heart of the creative process, to its surrenders and challenges, on the way back from its experience with death”. “I placed my life in his hands. It’s a truthful film”, said Teresa Ramón as she presented the seventy minute film alongside the director.
“We women have always have it harder than men in all ways”, she added. The documentary discusses the additional difficulties arising from gender: “I believe that a female artist should never get married, because it restricts the freedom she needs too much. It’s a burden. I have had to sacrifice many things which a man wouldn’t have had to”, commented the painter. Regarding the significance of her creative motivation, she said: “For me, happiness means shutting myself away in my studio for hours and hours”. “I’ve been happy with every brush stroke. Painting everything I’ve painted. And I’ll probably continue to explore, because that is my condition as an artist”, Teresa added.
“The beginning was curious. I discovered the artwork and I thought it was by a man. That prejudice led me to her”, explained the director, Alejandro Cortés, about the origins of the project. With art bringing them together, the artist’s first experience on the screen is also the feature-length documentary debut of Cortés: “My origins are also in painting, and it’s a solitary process. A bit like cinema, which is like a gearbox”. The director commented that “in selection and decision-making, perspective is very important”.
On the relationship between fiction and documentary, he said: “There are many aspects in common. In fiction, when you arrive with a fixed script, you can encounter an editor who wasn’t involved in it. But here the script is rewritten. There was a guide and nobody knew everything. Shooting with the protagonist lasted for 28 hours. The director joked about what was most difficult for him in the film: “the moment when I had to surrender what could have been a series. It was very difficult, because Teresa had and still has so much to say. We couldn’t have asked for a better actress than her”.
Carrasca, the “living testimony” of Teresa Ramón, premiered in Valladolid and having travelled around the world, continues today with another screening at the 63rdValladolid International Film Festival, at 17:15 at Broadway Cinemas.