Buenas Noches, España with Raya Martin in person
Spain/Philippines. Dir. Raya Martin. 2011, 70 mins. With Pilar López de Ayala, Andrés Gertrúdix. Road trip meets acid trip in this bold Super 8 feature by Martin, the prodigious Filipino filmmaker who has explored his national history and identity through ingenious aesthetic means. Driving through the Spanish countryside, a young man meets a young woman; they end up at a Bilbao museum, before the paintings of the revolutionary Filipino artist Juan Luna. Inspired by an account of intercolony teleportation (the story of a sixteenthcentury soldier in Manila who turned up in Mexico City), this mind-bending experiment uses psychedelic colors, repeated loops, and audio drone to evoke a sense of being out of time, lost in history.
Preceded by Ars Colonia (dir. Raya Martin, 2011, 1 min.), a vibrant, hand-colored film-painting of a conquistador at sea, and Boxing in the Philippine Islands (dir. Raya Martin, 2011, 6 mins.), a pinhole look at the national pastime.
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