Portabella’s political instincts (or insights, information?) are certainly remarkable. Few and far apart are those who in 1989 would have been able to make a film about the fragile state of Europe, the anxieties of a subcontinent on the brink of political turmoil - and name it after an architectural site found close to the Berlin Wall, whose 'fall' would commence a new era in world politics (the fall-out of which gets discussed in General Report II. The New Abduction of Europe (2016)).
Not that the film talked about that too directly. It’s all in the form: a narrative that resembles a puzzle whose parts don’t necessarily (have to) add up, an aesthetic that’s at the same time artsy and artful, glacially beautiful and enigmatically forbidding, seductive and repulsive. The starting point? A party - or is it maybe the urban legend of the diver found in a tree-top?

International title
Warsaw Bridge
Filmmaker
Pere Portabella
Country
Spain
Year
1989
Medium
35mm
Length
85’
Language
Spanish
Producer
Pere Portabella
Production Company
Films 59
Sales
Films 59
Writer
Carles Santos, Pere Portabella, Octavi Pellissa
Cinematography
Tomás Pladevall
Production Design
Pep Durán, Vicenta Obon
Sound Design
Licio Marcos de Oliveira
Music
Carles Santos
Cast
Paco Guijar
Website
http://www.pereportabella.com