CIELO ABIERTO / MAR ABIERTO / SUELO ABIERTO (OPEN SKY / OPEN SEA / OPEN GROUND)
Super 8mm, 4:00, 2021, ECUADOR
Co-dirigido con Martín Baus
Desde un punto de vista-escucha animal y elemental, entre el aire, el océano y la arena,
se despliegan relaciones entre el humano, las aves y los peces.
From a point of view/listening that is both animal and elemental, between the air,
the ocean and the sand, relationships emerge between humans, birds and marine life.
Prismatic Ground 2022 (US)
Remake Frankfurt Women's Film Days (DE)
Open City Documentary Film Festival (UK)
Festival Juan Downey - Programa Alterno (CL)
FilmFest Dresden, Earth Program by Los Ingrávidos (DE)
VI Encuentros Cinematográficos Cámara Lúcida 2021 (EC)
CORRIENTE Encuentro Latinoamericano de Cine de No-Ficción (PE)
Pan-Cinema Experimental Festival Internacional de Curitiba (BR)
Festival de Cine Etnográfico de Ecuador (EC)
Cinemancia Festival Metropolitano de Cine (CO)
Prismatic Ground Year Two: Documentary Waves - FILMMAKER MAGAZINE (James Hansen)
"...Libertad Gills and Martin Baus’s Open Sky / Open Sea / Open Ground achieves maximum effect by reorienting visual and sonic expectations of space. Using distinctive blue and red filters on rapidly edited shots of sky and sea, the film’s chaotic presentation whizzes through space, adopting a subjective bird’s-eye view of a topsy-turvy world. Enhanced by a jarring soundtrack of harsh whips of air and underwater gurgles, the film unsettles representational expectations and coordinates a unique terrain for human-animal relationships."
THE BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILMS I SAW IN 2022 - Michael Sicinski
"A potent miniature that considers the natural environment and humans’ place within it, this film by Baus (who also worked on Alexandra Cuesta’s Lungta) and Gills takes its coastal images and saturates them in a hazy sky blue, formally uniting the film’s three distinct ingredients."
"This delicate Super-8 film is defiantly small, but its impact is considerable." LETTERBOXD.COM
EARTH - PROGRAM BY LOS INGRÁVIDOS (Filmfest Dresden 2023)
"Is it possible, perhaps, that we arrived too late for the ancestors? Is it acceptable to neutralize and erase centuries of colonial violence through the continuation of a movement of planetary annihilation? Against the apparent global triumph of artifice we assert a frontier-zone audiovisual meditation: It is not too late for being-earth.
And yet the Earth is undecidable, numinous, undying; a great resistance effort is required to decide anything about the Earth as everything that is decidable runs the risk of an ominous, sinister, baleful outcome. Everything that is decidable ventures into the general collapse and breakdown of its own premises, threatening to drag with it all civilization and peoples according to fateful demands like those mobilized by the imperative: Land, Blood, and Capital! For it is on the land that aberrant political morphologies, intolerable prison landscapes, corrosive gentrifications, annihilating logics of extraction and destructive civilizing violence have been decided.
...We also share the elemental and atmospheric perspectivism of open sky / open sea / open ground in whose perceptive generosity there lies another form of connection with the undying".
Highlighted by Occitane Lacurie, "Prismatic Ground, 2022", Débordements, May 2022.