The Escuela de Barcelona never made a secret of its debt to Surrealism in general and Luis Buñuel in particular. So it's not too surprising that one of its earliest feature-length masterpieces pays hand-on homage to the master with a modern, cinema-vérité-rooted version of his greatest non-fiction piece: Land Without Bread (1933).
Spain is still essentially poor-cum-backwards, and still likes to define itself through rural rituals of sometimes tremendous cruelty (WARNING: donkey lovers look away now!). And yet, in its own particular way, Far From the Trees is a melancholic monument to a vanishing world - whose terrors and horrors stem from a sociopolitical condition that the then-current government did as little to change as any earlier one (save the Republic, maybe), and none has since.


International title
Far from the Trees
Filmmaker
Jacinto Esteva Grewe
Country
Spain
Year
1972
Medium
35mm
Length
100’
Language
Spanish
Producer
Francisco Ruiz Camps
Production Company
Filmscontacto
Sales
Filmoteca de Catalunya
Writer
Jacinto Esteva Grewe
Cinematography
Juan Amorós, Juan Julio Baena, Luis Cuadrado, Fracisco Marín, Milton Stefani
Editor
Juan Luis Oliver, Ramon Quadreny
Music
Johnny Galvao, Carlos Maleras, Marco Rossi