In Alamar there is a striking role for the crab, the barracuda and the caiman, who have all found their habitat together with Mexican fisherman in Banco Chinchorro, the richest coral reef in Mexico. This cross-genre film - mixing documentary and fiction - rocks gently to the rhythm of the sea where the fishermen and the animals spend their days. Fishermen and prey live with each other on this coral reef, the second largest in the world, which has an intact ecosystem.
One of the fishermen receives a visit from his son Jorge, who is recently divorced, and his five-year-old grandson. Building is not allowed on the islands of this nature reserve, so they live several meters off shore in huts on stilts. Every day, they dive for snappers, drink cups of coffee and maintain the fishing boat. Their life looks ideal: the days are made up of eating fish by the sea where it is caught, with wet hair from diving. Although a farewell is approaching between Jorge and his son, who is returning with his mother to Italy, that sentiment is not exploited. The contrast between this remote spot and Rome, between the wilds of nature and human civilisation, is more subtle than in many nature films. On Banco Chinchorro, humans are not the dominant species and humility graces the characters. González-Rubio made his debut in 2005 with Toro negro, a rough portrait of a stuntman annex bullfighter.




Director
Pedro González-Rubio
Premiere
European premiere
Country of production
Mexico
Production Year
2009
Festival Edition
IFFR 2010
Length
73'
Medium
HDcam
International title
To the Sea
Languages
Spanish, Italian
Producers
Jaime Romandía, Pedro González-Rubio
Production Companies
Mantarraya Producciones, Xcalakarma
Sales
MK2
Screenplay
Pedro González-Rubio
Cinematography
Pedro González-Rubio
Editor
Pedro González-Rubio
Production Design
Pedro González-Rubio
Sound Design
Emmanuel Romero, Rodolfo Romero
Music
Diego Benlliure
Cast
Jorge Machado
Local Distributor
EYE Film Institute Netherlands