On the fourth day of the festival, the 62nd Seminci hosts four short films with tragic narratives
10/24/2017.- The 62nd Seminci celebrated The Night of the Spanish Short Film on Tuesday, October 24th, during which El alquiler (The Contract) by Pablo Gómez Castro, Areka (Ditch), a short by the group Atxur Animazio Taldea; Matria (Matriarch), by Álvaro Gago, and Le Vivre ensemble (Living Together) by José Luis Sántos Pérez participated in a session held at Zorrilla Theatre. These four films are competing for a €3,000 award.
Director Pablo Gómez-Castro presented his short film El alquiler (The Contract), which was filmed in Hollywood and is about a couple that opts for surrogate child-bearing after several failed attempts at adoption. However, this adventure will make them realize that they are not as close as they thought.
Areka (Ditch) is a piece by the Basque creative group Atxur Animazio Taldea. It is a short, animated film that is a collaboration by more than twenty young artists. The film tells the story of Euxebio, whose father was killed during the Spanish Civil War, and despite the fact that the dictatorship ended long ago, has not had the opportunity to recover his father’s memory.
Another of the short films screened was Matria (Matriarch) by Alvaro Gago. The humanist film talks about the life of Ramona, “a defective daily heroine,” as defined by its director. Ramona is a woman who, faced with the challenges presented by her daily routine, decides to take refuge in the relationship that unites her daughter and her granddaughter. It is a tragedy in which the protagonist never loses hope.
Finally, The Night of Spanish Short Film concluded with Le Vivre Ensemble (Living Together), an 11-minute short film in which its director, José Luis Pérez, tells the story of Julien, who runs a school in Paris. After the Bataclán bombing, he receives guidelines from the ministry on how to handle possible threats, including practicing drills with the children. The problem lies in choosing between saving their lives or their innocence.