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Across The Mountains

by Guillaume MAZELINE


Original title : D'un versant à l'autre

Director : Guillaume MAZELINE

Production : Yadé Films

Duration : 52 Minutes

Year : 2001

Original version : French

Country : France


At the end of the Spanish Civil War, Andrew and Matilda arrive in France as children, carrying with them indelible marks of the war. Basing their lives upon the acquisition of a cultural identity in France they become a couple full of the joys of life. Andrew discovers Flamenco. They discover the works of Goya charged with a sensitivity to which they attribute colours, shapes and gestures reminiscent of their past. Artistic expression functions as mirrors helping them understand their origins. The other reference point, which marked the Spanish migration at the end of the 30s, was the Spanish Republic. Everyone would return to Spain once the Republic was proclaimed. But as time passed, this goal transformed itself into a dream that became the great story of their lives.The return never came about. Their children grew up and they realized their lives were in France. Their children’s existence was proof that everything they had achieved, not always with ease, was inextricable. It is they themselves who are the result.


Jury and Audience awards: Lunel Mediterranean Film Weeks 2002Official selection: Oise Documentary Film Festival "Les Yeux Ouverts" 2006, Vébron International Film Festival 2002, Aux Écrans du Réel of Le Mans 2002, Amiens International Film Festival 2001

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