Archive of films The Soul of Flies / El alma de las moscas

2011, 80 min

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Year: 2011

An imaginative, magically poetic story of two brothers who were unaware of each other’s existence and who never knew their father until a letter arrives from him inviting them to his funeral.... A perfect example of an independent writer-director film with superb music by Tim Walters and original songs from Andrea Calabrese.


Brothers Nero and Miguel are unaware of each other’s existence; they didn’t even know their father, until he wrote them a letter inviting them to his own funeral. Thus the siblings meet for the very first time at a train station, only to discover that no trains have run through here for years. So they begin their wanderings through the Castillian Meseta, a scorched landscape instilled forever with their father’s stories. As they head for the funeral, their true journey is one that takes them towards each other, drawn from nothing into a strange imaginary world of magical dimensions, a surge of memories, stories and dreams, united by solitude. Through his innovative visual poetry full of absurdity, humour and melancholy, Cenzual Burley proves that poetry is not created in poetic images, but in the way we look at the world. He managed to film his low budget debut with only one camera and a crew of seven. The director’s creed: "If you haven’t got any money, make a film that doesn’t require any. Stories don’t cost anything, so long as you surround yourself with like-minded people who share your enthusiasm.”

About the director

Jonathan Cenzual Burley (b. 1980, Salamanca, Spain) studied drawing from the age of eleven and, age 12, he was taking photographs on a Zenith 12XL. He moved to England in 1997, where he did film projections for various bands during their live concerts. In Argentina he collaborated on films with the production company Black Boot Beach, and in Colombia and Panama he worked as a cameraman and documentarist. He was artistic director for the British bands Last Days of Lorca and Monsters Build Mean Robots. The Soul of Flies is his first feature film.


El Mailan films
, 371 84, Salamanca
Tel: +44 779 620 565 2
E-mail: [email protected]

About the film

Color, HD CAM
World premiere

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Director: Jonathan Cenzual Burley
Screenplay: Jonathan Cenzual Burley
Dir. of Photography: Jonathan Cenzual Burley
Music: Tim Walters, Andrea Calabrese
Editor: Jonathan Cenzual Burley
Producer: Jonathan Cenzual Burley
Production: El Mailan films
Cast: Andrea Calabrese, Javier Sáez
Contact: El Mailan films


Jonathan Cenzual Burley

Film Director, Film Director

Laura Laakso

Film Crew

Tim Walters

Music Composer

Norberto Gutiérrez


Javier Sáez



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