Cannes in a Van Best Motion Graphics Design Runner up, Ganador del Tercer lugar del Festival de Danza Agite y Sirva, México, Best of #ArtSetFree de ArtsBrookfield, NY, PEARL winnerfilm/ Pool-festival, Berlin. Top ten in Cinema Perpetuum Mobile Film Festival. Official selection: ANIMA 2013, Argentina, Baixada Animada Brazil, Cut Out Fest, Mexico, Female in Film Industry, Mexico, Dance Camara West,USA.
A hula hoop floats amidst a stunning location of México city. As it moves, a dancer appears and plays with the hoop. Every movement creates lines, impressive shapes and lights that float in the space as if being drawn to gradually create an impressive sculpture in movement.
# Director: Daniela Villanueva, Mara Soler
# Dancers: Brecken Rivara, Tiana Zoumer
# Production: César Moheno Plá
# Camera: Pamela Albarran
# Music: Julian Placencia / Teen Flirt
# Animation: Daniela Villanueva, Mara Soler, Alejandro Caballero, Marco Garfias, Fernando Sica, Luis Núñez
Best Interpretation at The 5th edition of InShadow 2013 / Lisbon-Portugal
Condominio Festival 2014 / Lisbon-Portugal
Azores Fringe Festival 2014 / Azores-Portugal
Dance em Foco Festival 2014 / Rio de Janeiro-Brasil
Matilha Cultural 2014 / São Paulo-Brasil
Casa da Esquina 2014 / Coimbra-Portugal
Video Art Festival Miden 2013 / Kalamata-Greece
Loikka dance film festival 2013 / Helsinki-Finland
Athens video dance project 2012 / Athens-Greece
Seeking emotional completion by physical contact, man and woman,
experience the inevitable fluctuations and changes which characterize a
human relationship. Love, controversy, comradeship and indifference
form a perpetual flow of contrasting situations that uncontrollably
determine our individual choices. This 'determinism' inaugurates
an open-ended journey, which can be reassessed and reinterpreted.
A man and a ball… they move in an orbit which is formed while he tries continuously, in distress, to find balance. In this orbit, the subject and the object develop a mutually dependable relationship, expressed through a direct physicality. The ball can constitute a symbol with a double meaning, so we can have two interpretations: on a first level, it represents the closed space of an inner, protected, “pre-social” state of mind, in which the simplicity and freedom of existence is hidden. Man strives to balance his deepest dreams and desires with the logical reality of adulthood that confines him. On a second level, the ball represents another body, another entity, which the man attempts to “gain access to”, understand and also join in its course. He tries to make this other body his and finally balance on it, wanting to get closer to his “original” self and achieve self- actualization. However following this orbit is a lonely, strenuous and painful process. The body struggles, hides, hesitates, reconsiders his actions and tries again. The human and the ball interact and form together a “landscape” based on empathy. In the end, it doesn’t matter if the ball symbolizes an enclosed inner space of personal freedom or another body used as a means of reaching self-actualization; the wanderer turns, through memory, to a more spontaneous and innocent self from which he had moved away. This is the key to balance on the ball and, in this manner maintain ontological unity.
Once a reasonable mind has lost its power in such a way that each information allures high voltage current that penetrates very cell, then it begs for sympathy from that part of the body to which it connects, not other but the heart. Heart interprets with simplicity and love every stimulus of the environment in a circular and fluid way like the body liquids which we carry, with dignity and credibility that never shall they dehydrate or remove our volume in such a way to call a definite fall from our orbital that we have chosen. The only valuable seems to be balance.
Life is a journey of experience, leaving behind flashing memories of wishes and desires. Some are granted, but what about those that never came true?
A film by Katerina Athanasopoulou, based on the poem by C. Kavafis
Voice Over: Nicky Loutit
Percussion and Sound Design: Ashley Marlowe
Sound Engineer: Guy Denning
Clermont Ferrand Special Anniversary Screening January 2011
Les Innatendues Festival, Lyon, France 2008
Platforma film festival, Athens, Greece 2007
Special British Retrospective, Clermont Ferrand 2006
Screened on Propeller TV, UK, 2006
25fps festival, Zagreb 2005
Included in special DVD Reperages. Released in France 2004,5
Commonwealth Film Festival, UK, May 2004
Curzon Cinema Special Screening, 2004
Cine Lumiere Special Screening, 2004