An Ocean Blue
original title: Azul el Mar
2019, 65 min., color, Spanish
Umbra Colombo, Beto Bernuez, Martina Depascual Fernández, Nehuén Fritz, Margarita Garelik, Juan Cruz Solís
Cinematographer : Sebastián Ferrero
Producers : Natalí Córdoba, Sabrina Moreno (Jaune Producciones)
FESTIVALS: Mar del Plata 2020
DIRECTOR’S NOTE: What is it that makes a family?
During my whole childhood and youth, I asked myself this question. Because, even though I knew that my parents’ relationship was not working well, I asked myself many times: Why haven’t they separated yet?
When I was 26 years old, my mom got me and my brothers together and asked for permission to separate. I couldn’t believe that even when we were grown up, she felt she needed our approbation. She is the reason why I’m making this film. I suppose it’s my way of trying to understand why it was so hard for her to make that decision. How long she was waiting for us to accept it without judging her.
So, An Ocean Blue is based on anecdotes and events that I remember from the trips we used to make with my family on summer holidays. I wanted to portray the last moments where we were apparently happy, but with a bittersweet of knowing how hard it was to sustain that.
The concept is to show a false idea of well-being that gets broken. To work with what is left unsaid, what is not shown. Because it is precisely that what we will try to discover.
This idea of showing as real what is actually fake, or what supposes a fantasy, is directly connected with the way characters live time and space. The story is told in an anachronistic universe, where reality and dream coexist in a time-space simultaneity.
The construction of this anachronistic time-space will be marked by a visual and sound design with a strong reference to the 90’s, where the present will penetrate progressively.
The film plays with the idea of every-day life becoming very strange, within an elliptical narration.
IT IS THE END. IT IS A NEW BEGGINING
Lola has an inner storm. She needs a change, but her family wishes everything to remain as it is. She has been married for 15 years and has four children: Cecilia, Alejandro, Belen and Santi. The plan is to give themselves a last chance to make things right and enjoy the summer holidays with the family in Mar del Plata.
While they enjoy the summer holidays with sunny days and promenades, Lola doesn’t seem to be satisfied. Behind the joy there is a deep sadness. Time becomes subjective and what is real begins to get blurry. Lola wants to separate. This trip doesn’t make sense anymore. The happy days are gone.