Mark Ostrowski took a headlong plunge into the Asturian party scene during three consecutive summers (2008-10) in order to document the youth culture that had evolved beyond recognition since his move to Spain back in the early nineties. The result is "Festuki".
"Festuki" is an even shorter variant of "fiestuki" or "fiestuqi" -- Spanish youth-slang for "fiesta" or partying. Thus this project was baptised after a distinctly modern linguistic aberration which sums up the pathos and glory of youth and party culture in a single region in northwest Spain called Asturias.
This short film based on still photography takes its inspiration from Chris Marker's 1962 classic "La Jeteé". The off-screen narration is the driving element behind the on-screen imagery as the eerie piano music in the background holds the two in a delicate emotional balance.
The photographer, on the verge of turning 40, has spent three years documenting the youth culture of Asturias until the project is suddenly cut short by an accident, which is recounted with unflinching honesty by the narrator. This 100% autobiographical narrative also forays into the nature of his own existence, lost youth and the meaning of art.
Running time: 17'11" minutes
Premiere: 2011 International Film Festival of Gijón (Winner - Best Short Film "Día D'Asturies" Competition)
language: English (Spanish subtitles)
official project website: festuki.info
director: Francisco Deborja
musica: Francisco Deborja
photography, script & narration: Mark John Ostrowski
producer: Mark John Ostrowski
This project received funding by the Municipal Cultural Foundation of Siero (Asturias).