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|8:30PM||Live Music by Adrianne Lenker|
|10:45PM||Q&A with filmmaker Carlos Marques-Marcet|
|11:30PM||After Party sponsored by New Amsterdam Spirits and Bulleit Bourbon|
10,000 KM (Long Distance) (Carlos Marques-Marcet | 99 min.)
Alexandra and Sergi have been together for years and are very much in love. They live in Barcelona, Spain and are planning to have a baby. But when an artist residency in Los Angeles offers Alexandra a one-year all expenses paid chance to re-launch her photography career, the couple’s plan becomes complicated. Separated by 10,000 kilometers, Alexandra and Sergi must rely on virtual communication to keep the flame of their relationship alive. Does “distance” really test our love or does it justify our capacity to fall out of it?
Director Carlos Marques-Marcet’s beautifully constructed feature debut seems to come out of nowhere with the perfect synthesis of style, acting and film technique. Natalia Tena (Game of Thrones, Harry Potter) stars as Alexandra alongside David Verdaguer, who plays Sergi, a student preparing for his teaching exam. Their relationship is skillfully established through an intimate 22-minute opening shot – exclusively inside their apartment – as they make love, eat breakfast and go about their day. Raw, passionate performances and palpable chemistry between the two leads make each frame exciting to watch. However, the email from the artist residency disrupts this calm and sends both the couple and the film’s structure into disarray. The latter chapters are told through fragmented sequences of blurry video-chats, emails, facebook updates, and text messages and we see the characters begin to transform. In the hands of a less skilled storyteller, this narrative could have come across as gimmicky, but Marques-Marcet’s clever execution instead reinforces the films core themes and sets 10,000 KM apart from others in its genre.
With their realities now only shared virtually, the technology that has supposedly brought the world closer together may just tear them apart. By structuring the film edit and varied techniques in order to mirror the characters’ relationship, 10,000 KM manages to achieve one of the most singular and believable portraits of a modern-day relationship to date.
- Jeffrey Bowers
Marques-Marcet’s short films in the US include "I’ll Be Alone" (Beijing International Film Festival) and "Yellow Ribbon" (DGA student award). He directed the feature documentary "De Pizarros y Atahualpas". Mr. Marques-Marcet has also edited such films as "Caracremada" (Venice Film Festival) and "It Felt Like Love" (SXSW, Sundance). 10,000 KM was awarded a Special Jury Recognition at SXSW for Best Acting Duo.