16.09.22 | ESPÍRITU SAGRADO / THE SACRED SPIRIT (ES/FR/TR 2021, Chema García Ibarra)

ES/FR/TR 2021, D: Chema García Ibarra, A: Llum Arques, Nacho Fernández, Rocío Ibáñez, 97’, OV with English subtitles, DCP

In the Spanish town of Elche, the girl Vanessa has disappeared without a trace. While the mother Charo asks for help on local news channels or from the grandmother Carmina, who was once a well-known clairvoyant, we see Vanessa’s uncle José Manuel with his ufology group. After the sudden death of their leader, he plans to carry out his hair-brained master plan himself. Chema García Ibarra’s feature debut THE SACRED SPIRIT was shot on 16mm with amateur actors from the area. There is an eerie, calm atmosphere in the scenes, which repeatedly slips into the bizarre. The entire village seems almost statuesque, which is further exaggerated by the clear, colorful and detailed imagery: Perfectly squared images make places, people and situations seem tragicomically staged like short plays. In THE SACRED SPIRIT, Ibarra confronts a disturbing story with an amused but also reckoning tonality that triggers a glimmering unease in us.

Fri 16 SeptSchaubühne Lindenfels
10 pmregular: 6,5€ / reduced 5,5€