For the Time Being

  • 71'
  • Germany
  • 2020

German Larissa and her nine-year-old twins arrive at their father's paternal home in the Spanish Sierra Morena mountains. Father's flight was delayed, but the guests are welcomed as a matter of course by his mother and sister, who live together. The women's routine existence, quiet in its remoteness, is interrupted by the children's energetic presence. As the scorching hot days go by, everyone tries to relate to each other. Is it a language barrier that renders meaningful conversation all but impossible?

For her feature debut, Salka Tiziana was inspired by her own childhood memories of summers in the Sierra Morena. Surrounded by majestic mountainsides full of sun-bleached crops and slow-moving livestock, intimate scenes of familial strangers play out within the walls of the home. Shot on 16mm film, the texture and warmth of the domestic narrative contrast the sharp, High Definition drone shots of the expansive landscape.

Director
Salka Tiziana
Premiere
International premiere
Countries of production
Germany, Spain, Switzerland
Production Year
2020
Festival Edition
IFFR 2020
Length
71'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Tal día hizo un año
Languages
Spanish, German, English
Producers
Salka Tiziana, Chantal Scheiner, Tom Otte
Sales
Salka Tiziana
Cinematography
Tom Otte
Editor
Salka Tiziana
Production Design
Marie-Charlotte Elbers
Sound Design
Mario Schöning
Music
plastiq
Cast
Melanie Straub, Pilar del Pino, Amalia Amián del Pino, Jon Bader, Ole Bader, Rafael Sánchez de Puerta, Marvin Hesse