The Canarian feature film They transport death (Eles Transportan a Morte) will have its premiere in Spain within the framework of the San Sebastián Film Festival, whose 69th edition will be held between the next 17 and 21 September. His participation in this contest will mean the premiere in Spain of a film that will also be the only Spanish representative in the Critics’ Week of the Venice Film Festival, scheduled between September 1 and 11.
Specifically, this Canarian-Galician co-production is one of the first confirmations of the section called Zabaltegi-Tabakalera. «It is the most open competitive section of the San Sebastian Festival, where there are no rules or limitations of style or time: short, medium, long, fiction, non-fiction, animations, series, audiovisual installations, discoveries of the future and unpublished contemporary classics in Spain. It is a section that accommodates cinema that seeks new looks and forms, a truly open and risky area ”, they explain about this section on the website of the senior cinematographic event.
All the films in the Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Section compete for the Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Prize, which is endowed with 20,000 euros for the director (6,000 euros) and the distributor of the film in Spain (14,000 euros). The award will be decided by a jury “constituted for this purpose, made up of film and cultural professionals.”
Along with the Canarian film, and for the moment, the 17-minute short film Heltzear, by Mikel Gurrea, has also been chosen to participate in this section of San Sebastián. «Donostia, year 2000. The Basque conflict is active. While writing a letter to her absent brother, Sara, a 15-year-old climber, is training for the most difficult ascent of her entire life, ”reads the synopsis of a project starring Haizea Oses, Mikel Arruti and Oier de Santiago.
Canarian cinema continues to reap successes and international selections despite the moment of uncertainty in the industry. They transport death takes viewers to the year 1942: «Among Christopher Columbus’s crew are three men who should have already died. They have managed to avoid their convictions by participating in the uncertain journey, but upon reaching the Canary Islands, they flee loaded with one of the boat’s sails. Meanwhile, in the Old World, a woman tries to save her dying sister, hoping that a healer can help her. Both trips try to cheat death. Both trips are at the mercy of time.
They Transport Morte
Between dog and wolf
The hidden city
The sea looks at us from afar
The embrace of the serpent
The cast of
is composed by Nuria Lestegás (
), Sara Ferro, Xoán Reices, Valentín Estévez, David Pantaleón (
) and Josefa Rita Míguez Cal. The technical team also highlights the contributions of: the filmmaker José Alayón
that combines his work as a co-producer with the direction of photography as in the films
by Irene Gutiérrez,
by Théo Court or
by Víctor Moreno
; Manuel Muñoz Rivas
and responsible for the assembly of
by Mauro Herce
; Carlos E. Garcia
Colombian sound designer who has in his filmography with titles such as
by Ciro Guerra or
by Lars Von Trier
and Camilo Sanabria
Colombian composer, who has created a haunting and atmospheric score
. The filming took place over four weeks in locations in Orense and Tenerife.