Samuel, an aging hippy eking out an existence as a banjo player on the tiny island of Formentera, is suddenly left in charge of Marc, the 10-year-old grandson he barely knows. Diagnosed with a heart condition, he struggles to deal with his new responsibilities, as young Marc struggles to acclimatise to his grandfather’s bohemian existence without electricity or any mod cons. A darker side to this island paradise comes to light as their relationship grows, shifting towards a more nuanced and ambivalent approach to 1970s nostalgia and romanticised isolation. Featuring a host of charismatic characters and a great soundtrack from King Crimson, Durà’s debut as writer-director is a pleasure to watch and confirms his talents behind as well as in front of the camera.
Short film screening alongside this feature film: El Camino de Santiago
On a quiet summer day in Extremadura, a middle-aged man called Santiago suddenly disappears from his village. In this comic caper through rural Spain, Eva Maria takes it upon herself to lead the search for her missing husband, with some amusing results.