"Upon entering men in landscape and landscape in men, the eternal life of Galicia was created" - Castelao
Costa da Morte is a region in the northwest of Galicia (Spain), which was considered as the end of the world during the Roman period. Its dramatic name comes from the numerous shipwrecks that happened along history in this area made of rocks, mist and storms.
We cross this land observing the people who inhabit it, fishermen, gatherers of shellfish, loggers... We witness traditional craftsmen who maintain both an intimate relationship and an antagonistic battle with the vastness of this territory. The wind, the stones, the sea, the fire, are characters in this film, and through them we approach the mystery of the landscape, understanding it as a unified ensemble with man, his history and legends.
The Coast of Death has always been to me a mythical place, it captivated me as such. It gradually started taking shape as a real space through the tales of the people. What attracted me most of this place is its relation with the idea of end and death. Its history of shipwrecks gives it a mysterious and dangerous aura.
Its inhabitants tell their stories and as a mythical echo reverberating in the air history and legend merge. Their voices breach through new strata of the landscape to shape the collective imaginary of that place and leave us in a timeless space.
I sought to relate the vastness of the natural space to the intimate experience of people through a double perceptual distance to the human figure (far in the image close in the sound). Eventually through the deep contemplation of the image we will dissolve in the whole and disappear into the landscape of Costa da Morte.
Lois Patiño was born in Vigo (Spain) in 1983. He combined his Psychology studies in the Complutense University of Madrid with cinema studies at TAI School. He followed his cinema education at NYFA, in New York and with the Master in Cinema Documentary at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. He has developed courses of videocreation under the guidance of Katherin Sieverding in the UdK of Berlin, and in different ateliers with artist and filmmakers such as Joan Jonas, Donald Kuspit, Pedro Costa, Víctor Erice, José Luis Guerín or Daniel Canogar. He has worked in collaboration with the director Mercedes Álvarez in her second feature film “Futures Market”.
His works have been shown in art centres screens such as Centre Georges Pompidou (París), Reina Sofía Museum (Madrid), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), MAXXI (Rome), CGAC (Santiago de Compoestela)... and in international festivals as BAFICI (Argentina), Media City Film Festival (Canada), Rome Film Festival (Italy), Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid (France), Oberhausen (Germany), Jihlava Film Festival (Czech Republic), Punto de Vista Festival (Spain), Documenta Madrid (Spain), Las Palmas Film Festival (Spain)…