USA/SPAIN/NEW ZEALAND, 2020, 35MM>DIGITAL, 14 MIN
SPANISH/ENGLISH (WITH SPANISH/ENGLISH SUBTITLES)
Borrowing its title from a literary genre, the film acknowledges the indeterminacy of both fiction and the self. Noir elements are reduced to deadpan gestures under bright California sunlight. Field recordings made in New Zealand are heard as women speak with each other about motherhood, abortion, breakups, and anxiety. A civil rights parade moves slowly down a street. Bodies appear in states of weariness, injured or at rest, while songs by Irma Thomas and Goldberg evoke the passing of time and an uncertain future.
Laida Lertxundi is a filmmaker and artist living and working between Los Angeles, California, and the Basque Country. Her 16mm films bring together ideas from conceptual art and structural film with a radical, embodied, feminist perspective.