Corta

  • 69'
  • Colombia
  • 2012
In Corta, Felipe Guerrero records the cultivation of sugar cane in the south-west of Colombia. In all its facets. With a fixed camera. A man walks into the frame, changes his clothes and starts hacking cane, seen from behind. After a few minutes, another one takes over from him. It carries on like that, in a tempo and rhythm - it demands some surrender - that has a very meditative effect. The men sharpen their knives and chop and chop. When they’re finished, enormous trucks drive back and forth and the countryside is set on fire.
Guerrero’s minimalist recording of the largely manual process is also an ode to the craft of film: the filmmaker used six 16mm rolls of 11 minutes; the rhythm of the slashing knives determines the rhythm of the editing. Between the different, beautifully photographed scenes are sections of black, occasionally we hear music, often only for a couple of seconds, and that helps shape the mood.

Director
Felipe Guerrero
Premiere
World premiere
Countries of production
Colombia, Argentina, France
Production Year
2012
Festival Edition
IFFR 2012
Length
69'
Medium
DCP
Language
no dialogue
Producers
Felipe Guerrero, Gema Juarez Allen, Antoine Segovia
Production Companies
Mutokino, Gema Films, Atopic
Sales
Mutokino
Screenplay
Felipe Guerrero
Cinematography
Andrés Pineda
Sound Design
Roberta Ainstein
Music
Iannis Xenakis
Cast
Dario Aguilar, Manuel Murillo
Local Distributor
Hubert Bals Fund
Website
http://www.mutokino.com