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WATER AND BLOOD (2021)
VIDEO 6K PANORAMIC (2:35 RATIO), 21'51'', COLOR/SOUND 2 CHANNELS

Water and blood is filmed in the Argentinian countryside, in an area known as “The Danish triangle”, 700 km South from Buenos Aires capital city. The Danish immigrants started to come to this area in 1849 and in the next 70 years they would become around 13.000 immigrants, making the Danish immigration one the 14 most important colonies to settle in Argentina. Still today it's the third most important Danish colony after the ones in U.S.A. and Australia.

Water and blood tries to articulate a fact versus fiction ambivalence. The film is constructed through a non-linear narrative, gathering long takes that are becoming scenes, based on some characters related to this colony, and letting the viewer to look and contemplate what evolves inside the image through the pass of time. The camera is fixed and the picture format is panoramic, playing a reference to still photography and moving image, and to painting, specially inspired by the imagery by the Argentinian romantic painter Prilidiano Pueyrredón who focused his themes on the rural daily life on this area and painted at the time the immigration was happening.

Water and blood explores the theme of identity through these characters within the landscape, the hybridization of cultures and the quest of time. Today there are estimated 100.000 Argentinians belonging to Danish descendants. Indeed, I am myself one of them.

Credits. Non-actors: Luis Palmas, dancer; Gustavo Aastrup, rider; Cristian Larsen, surfer. Camera: Alejandro Talamaco Tarraf. Sound: Leonardo Cauteruccio. Editor: Charlotte Munch Bengtsen. Grading: Roxanne Bagheshirin Lærkesen. Sound post: August Drenck.