Mercedes Álvarez at IFFR
El cielo gira
Stunning film about the passing of time in the Northern Spanish village of La Aldea. The director was once the last to be born in the village as it bled dry and now returns to portray the essence of simple country life, painting with the camera.
Mercado de futuros
Álvarez won a Tiger Award for The Sky Turns, a beautiful documentary elegy for the village she was born in. Here she utilises an equally measured style to portray the postmodern economy right before it crashed. The hero is a rag and bone man who prefers not to sell anything.