Anticline

Nominated for Best Experimental Film

Directed by

Joao Gil

13' • Portugal • 2020

The movie approaches the problematic of the transformation of the environment into commodities, from a point of view that intends to be that of the stone itself, in which we can find the colossal quarries, some more than a hundred meters deep, thus exposing these monumental scars. The testimony falters between the stone, the machines and the landscape, in which humanity, seemingly, ceased to exist. The non-linear narrative documents fragments of this exploration, in which we find habitats dominated by cranes and disfigured by heavy machinery. Functioning almost as an industrial archeology, the audience is placed as witnesses at the center of a scar that extends for over 40 kilometres and whose epicentre is a tragic landslide of a 100-meter stretch of road, in November 2018, which claimed a number of fatal victims. Observing the ecology of the different players, Anticline brings to the surface traces and artefacts composed of micro-narratives that document and witness the profound and continuous subjugation of the landscape.