Spanish colonial domination has a very unusual translation in this experimental road movie. Raya Martin took an anecdote about a Filipino soldier who suddenly wakes up and finds himself in Mexico City in 1593. A case of teleportation, and the same goes for the holiday trip by the lovers in the film. They stop the car to admire a mountain panorama, stroll through the city, pull faces at each other and visit a museum, where they exhibit themselves to each other with corny surrender.
The scenes, edited associatively, are regularly repeated. Are the protagonists about to be shot off to a different place or time? And is that because they are under the influence of drugs? Martin designs his film as a psychedelic LSD trip: the images are oversaturated in bright reds, blues, yellows and pinks and supported by a grinding and scratchy soundtrack. In his visual essay, Martin reflects on being stuck in time. An obsession with history - the colonial past of Spain, Mexico and the Philippines - has blocked the couple.

Filmmaker
Raya Martin
Country
Philippines, Spain
Year
2011
Medium
DCP
Length
70’
Language
no dialogue
Producer
Arleen Cuevas, Samuel Martinez, Mario Madueño, Gonzalo de Pedro Amatria, Víctor Iriarte, Raya Martin
Production Company
Cinematografica Phillipines, Pantalla Partida
Sales
Pantalla Partida
Writer
Raya Martin
Cinematography
Víctor Iriarte
Editor
Víctor Iriarte, Lawrence S. Ang
Sound Design
Manuel Alvero, Pat Sarabia, Nacho R. Arenas
Music
Fernando Franco
Cast
Pilar López de Ayala, Andrés Gertrúdix