26min | Spain | 2023
On board a ferry, a series of passengers cross a river from one riverbank to the other.
Some of the travelers wrap themselves in silence and observe the unfamiliar fellow travelers or contemplate the scenery. Some others chat, perhaps to liven up the voyage and speed up time.
The journey on the waters seems to expand, the destination shore is postponed, the magnitude of space is blurred. Motion itself is perhaps the only certainty.
Year of production 2023
Shooting Format 16mm
Aspect Ratio 1.33:1
Director Manuel Muñoz Rivas
Producer Manuel Muñoz Rivas
Executive Producer Manuel Muñoz Rivas
Production Manuel Muñoz Rivas
Writer Manuel Muñoz Rivas
Cinematographer Mauro Herce, Manuel Muñoz Rivas
Editor Manuel Muñoz Rivas
Sound Designer José Homer Mora, Luiz Lepchak
Sound Recordist Joaquín Pachón
Sound Mix Alejandro Castillo
Production Manager María Gisèle Royo
Manuel Muñoz Rivas
IFFR, International Film Festival Rotterdam 2023, Netherlands - World Premiere
With each new film project, it is natural for me to return to the foundational question of "what is cinema", and to engage with this inquiry through a wider formulation:
"what can cinema be?".
I feel that the commitment of every filmmaker is to carry
out a formal exploration through which, hopefully, to broaden the contours of what we expect from cinema as an art. Both as a filmmaker and as a film spectator, I
seek astonishment and wonder.
I would add that I also seek the revelation of something, a kind of truth, which might comfort me (and others) with a sense of belonging.
When I first approached the location where later I would shoot my film “Aqueronte”, the river Guadalquivir and more specifically the ferry boat that crosses it, I was
struck by the aesthetic characteristics of the scene. Everything that I identify as defining elements of cinema was there: movement, faces, bodies, landscape,
sound atmospheres, light and shadow, reverie, the visible and the latent force of the invisible... all present in the raw material with which to shape fragments of time and space.
Because ultimately that is what we filmmakers do: compose with fragments of time and fragments of space.