-- Premio del Público Documenta Madrid 09 --
-- Premio Docu Amateur UrbanTV. La Casa Encendida --
2009 / Luis Alaejos y Raúl Díez Alaejos / 100 min. / V.O. castellano / V.O. subtitulada en inglés
Distribución: Antropodocus. firstname.lastname@example.org
PALACIO es una visita inesperada a un antiguo hotel repleto de símbolos arquitectónicos misteriosos e inquietantes. Escarbando entre ellos, los símbolos más delirantes resultaron ser algunos de sus 1500 vecinos.
Luis y Raúl Alaejos, tío y sobrino, trabajan desde hace tiempo retratando realidades insólitas que “sin querer” encuentran allá por donde andan.
Llegaron a Montevideo atraídos por no se sabe qué, y no se sabe que ocurrió que acabaron en uno de los edificios más extravagantes del mundo: El Palacio Salvo.
En poco tiempo alquilaron una habitación y se vieron viviendo en el PALACIO rodeados de sus semejantes. Y dándole al nudillo de puerta en puerta conocieron a sus habitantes de toda clase social y mental. Y claro, lo registraron con su cámara.
Ahora los Alaejos, de vuelta a España, han editado el material grabado y han hecho esta película. Ellos suspiran por el tiempo pasado en Uruguay y escuchan tangos atormentados esperando volver a reunirse con sus antiguos compañeros de edificio. Y los demás podemos ver este documental. Un extraño viaje por la extravagancia, la locura y el humor.
There is an enormous building in a city of Latin America. It opened as a hotel in 1928 when the country was experiencing an economic and cultural boom. The building was designed by an architect who was a Freemason and wanted to integrate the Mason aesthetic in the buildings construction. Many of the decorative elements of the building can only be fully understand by Masons.
The economic bonanza was short lived and the country soon entered a recession that lasted until recent years. Luxurious dances salons became low class party halls and many of the rooms were made into apartments for rent. Many renters were attracted by the building’s exotic and bohemian atmosphere. Others were simply looking for a small apartment that could be rented cheaply. The neiborghood quickly grew to have 1.500 inhabitants, with renters living in spaces ranging from 10 square meters to 200 square meters.
Along with the uniqueness of the building, we were drawn to the variety of its inhabitants; some living in opulence, others in poverty. We were drawn to the mysterious air that permeates the building and how this affects its inhabitants. We also found it intriguing that the building has a long history of frequent suicides; stories of ghosts that roam the elegant hallways are legendary.
For two months, we rented one of the apartments and we became part of the community. We knocked on doors, and when they weren’t slammed in our faces, we began to learn about why the building held so much intrigue. We were received by all kinds of people; stressed and strange, lazy and worried, artists of little and great reknown, those who had recently arrived, those who wanted to leave but couldn’t and people that planned to live out the rest of their days there.
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