Archive of films Camera obscura / Camera obscura
Spain / Germany
2011, 92 min
Section: Another View
Although isolated from the world, blind Ana is pampered by her family – but when a relative gives her a small camera it changes her life. The girl learns to take pictures and begins capturing things that were supposed to remain hidden. At the same time she begins feeling the first throes of love. An intriguing debut by a Spanish director from the Basque Country.
Teenager Ane has lost her sight. Her mother’s efforts to try and find a surgeon in America who might bring back her vision are badly affecting the family finances which, in turn, gradually leads to tension between individual family members. Separated from her contemporaries and having to deal with a dismal home situation, Ane is distracted by the appearance of her father’s cousin, who has returned home to organise an exhibition of his photographs after years spent travelling the world. He is one of the few to sense what Ane is going through and, in order to take her out of herself, he gives her a small camera and shows her how to take photographs. Ane clings to him more and more and, even though she can’t see, she immerses herself in her new-found passion, capturing her surroundings without needing to look, but also uncovering things that should have remained a secret. An intimate portrait of a girl who uses a camera as her eyes and experiences the confusion of first love, the film gradually becomes a psychological drama which also touches upon the theme of sexual awakening.
About the director
Maru Solores (b. 1968, San Sebastian) studied at the Escuela de Cine y Video in Andoain, where she attended seminars by director José Luis Guerín. She later moved to Berlin and enrolled in a film direction course at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie, where she made several documentary films. She graduated with the short film Turtle Island (Insel der Schildkröte / Dortoka Uhartea, 2003), awarded at a number of festivals. After returning from Berlin she worked for Basque television as director, editor, producer and also as a teacher. Her first feature film Camera obscura was screened at the Valladolid festival in 2011.
Basque Films, S.L.
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About the film
|Screenplay:||Ruth Rehmet, Maru Solores|
|Dir. of Photography:||Frank Amann|
|Producer:||Carlos Juarez, Raquel Perea|
|Production:||Basque Films, S.L.|
|Cast:||Jacqueline Duarte, Victor Clavijo, Leyre Berrocal|
|Contact:||Basque Films, S.L.|
Director of Photography