El cuaderno de barro

  • 60'
  • Spain
  • 2011
'Who would bring clay to Mali?' the inhabitants of the Dogon region wonder when a truck arrives from Spain with four tons of wet clay. It is raw material for a performance by Spanish artist Miquel Barceló and French dancer and choreographer Josef Nadj.
The performance is called Paso doble, to be performed atop the famous Cliff at Bandiagara. It’s a beautiful, humorous choreography for two men in black suits using clubs and their hands to attack the clay, creating a work of art that fits in beautifully with the surroundings.
It is immediately obvious why Miquel Barceló, undisputedly one of today’s greatest artists, feel so at home in Mali, a country where he has regularly worked for 20 years. He just gets more inspired, even when the wind prevents him painting and termites eat his work. The cooperation between Isaki Lacuesta and Barceló not only yielded this beautiful documentary, but also the fiction film The Double Steps, which also screens at the festival.


Director
Isaki Lacuesta
Countries of production
Spain, Switzerland
Production Year
2011
Festival Edition
IFFR 2012
Length
60'
Medium
HDcam
International title
The Clay Diaries
Languages
Bambara, French
Producers
Luisa Matienzo, Dan Wechsler
Production Companies
Tusitala Producciones Cinematográficas, Bord Cadre Films
Sales
m-appeal
Screenplay
Isa Campo, Isaki Lacuesta
Cinematography
Diego Dussuel
Editor
Lupe Pérez García
Production Design
Sebastián Birchler
Sound Design
Amanda Villavieja
Music
Gerard Gil
Website
http://bordcadrefilms.com/the-clay-diaries-en/