Archive of films The Hidden City / La ciudad oculta
Spain / France / Germany
2018, 80 min
Beneath the modern city of Madrid lies a vast labyrinth of subterranean galleries, tunnels and sewers – a perfectly devised system which controls the way the metropolis breathes. That the world above appears to function entirely naturally is attributable to a system of heavy-duty engineering and technological advancement. An unconventional, contemplative viewing experience that goes hand in hand with the film’s sophisticated audiovisual composition.
The streets of Madrid will only reveal so much about the true nature of the capital. Concealed beneath the manhole cover of the nearest sewer line is the gateway to a hidden realm below the surface. Here in the veiled and impenetrable darkness lies a vast labyrinth of subterranean galleries and tunnels – a perfectly devised system which controls the way the metropolis breathes. This netherworld defies the inexorable rhythm of days and nights in its role as the insomniac subconscious of the big city. That the world above appears to function entirely naturally is attributable to a system of heavy-duty engineering and technological advancement. This urbanistic, sci-fi documentary works with a sophisticated audiovisual composition, offering up an unconventional, contemplative viewing experience.
About the director
Víctor Moreno (b. 1981, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain). Filmography: Holidays (2010), The Stone (La piedra, 2013), The Building (Edificio España, 2014), The Hidden City (La ciudad oculta, 2018)
About the film
|Screenplay:||Rodrigo Rodríguez, Nayra Sanz Fuentes, Víctor Moreno|
|Dir. of Photography:||Jose A. Alayón|
|Music:||Atmus Tietchens, Juan Carlos Blancas|
|Editor:||Samuel M. Delgado, Víctor Moreno|
|Producer:||José A. Alayón|
|Production:||El Viaje Films|
|Coproduction:||Pomme Hurlante Films, Dirk Manthey Film, Rinoceronte Films, Kino Pravda|