The Creator of the Jungle

  • 77'
  • Spain
  • 2014
In a wood near the Catalan village of Argelaguer, an eccentric recluse has spent 45 years building the most amazing, labyrinthine, dreamlike structures. He creates tree houses, mazes and waterfalls - all with his bare hands. It looks like the set for a jungle adventure film. Garrell has just one aim, to 'keep busy'. Everyone is welcome in his jungle - the woods do not belong just to him.
The eccentric but loveable Garrell also calls himself ‘the Tarzan of Argelaguer’. One day, a local teenager who sometimes came to play brought a video camera along; for years, he and Garrell filmed scenes as if acting in a Tarzan film, including wicked intruders with machines that drive the King from his Jungle.
Filmmaker Morató uses this fascinating footage, combining it with documentary material from later years (when the Jungle was repeatedly razed and then built up again by its creator), in an intriguing debut that respectfully keeps the enigma that is Garrell alive.
Director
Jordi Morató
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Spain
Production Year
2014
Festival Edition
IFFR 2014
Length
77'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Sobre la marxa
Language
Catalan
Producers
Isaki Lacuesta, Isa Campo, Jordi Morató
Production Company
La Termita Films S.L.
Sales
La Termita Films S.L.
Screenplay
Jordi Morató
Cinematography
Jordi Morató, Laia Ribas
Editor
Jordi Morató, Laia Ribas
Sound Design
Jordi Morató, Laia Ribas
Music
Charly Torrebadella
Website
http://latermitafilms.com/en/productions/productions/the-creator-of-the-jungle