El ventre del mar

  • 75'
  • Spain
  • 2021

147 desperate survivors crammed onto a 12 x 6 metre raft. The shipwreck of the frigate La Méduse in 1816 was a dehumanising hell that inspired various artists over the years, including filmmaker Augustí Villaronga.

El ventre del mar was originally intended as a play, but the Spanish director modified his plans during the Covid-19 pandemic. His story about two survivors of the shipwreck is now a mix of theatre and film. Sometimes the actors are clearly standing in scenery with a shallow layer of water, while at other moments they are on a real raft with a sea of drowned bodies in the background.

Villaronga has his two main characters, an officer and a sailor, reminisce about their indelible traumas. This story, told in a slightly abstract, poetic style, is sometimes abruptly contemporised using news footage.

Director
Agustí Villaronga
Country of production
Spain
Production Year
2021
Festival Edition
IFFR 2021
Length
75'
Medium
DCP
International title
The Belly of the Sea
Language
Catalan
Producer
Javier Pérez Santana
Production Company
Testamento
Sales
Testamento
Screenplay
Agustí Villaronga
Cinematography
Josep M. Civit, Blai Tomàs
Editor
Bernat Aragonés
Production Design
Susy Gómez
Music
Marcús Jgr
Cast
Roger Casamajor, Òscar Kapoya, Muminu Diayo