The American, Eusebio (Trailer)
A film about oral history, friendship, human remains, bureaucracy and embodiment. My grandfather Eusebio and his best friend emigrated to South America when they were young. After years of friendship they made a pact to be buried together when they died. 23 years after my grandfather’s death we are forced to relocate his remains to a columbarium. The film brings us to the exhumation process in the intimate space of the grave while the surreal dialogue between the gravedigger and my relatives provides a mundane quotidian soundtrack. Trough the filming process and the encounter with the human remains of my grandfather, I am able to explore our relationship with the dead after burial, and the emotions attached to the anthropological and pragmatic aspects of our current burial practices. What happens to our remains with time seems to be a question left to forensic science on police TV dramas instead of being part of our understanding of life and our relationship with the dead. This film explores this issues from the blank slate of a filmmaker that doesn’t know which way to react in front of a family member’s decaying corpse. Personal take on burial rituals is expressed through the lyrics of a pop song that was a favorite while growing up in Spain.
MONTHLY RITUAL: relocating one's own shame As if in a nightmare or a blurry distorted memory, images of brooms sweep different archetypal symbolic objects under various carpets. This ritual of cinematic performance dialogues with an audio collage that includes Mitt Romney, Bodyform's CEO Caroline Williams, a K&B Drug Store Feminine Hygiene Products Sale Commercial from 1994 and educational videos. Patriarchal historical shame can lead you to feel as though your whole self is flawed, bad, or subject to exclusion. I propose a simple ritual devised to exorcise taboos about the female body, menstruation, death, politics and pain while engaging in conversation with the History of Bodily Fluids in Feminist Art.
PLAY ME is an ode to the idea of using music and art to transform public spaces and promote stranger interactions, empathy, creativity, and joy. The acts of spontaneity portrayed in the film illuminate how the simple introduction of a musical instrument in an urban environment can interrupt the expected narratives of daily life, alter perspectives, and form unexpected connections. We support similar creative initiatives around the world to create, reclaim, restore, and amplify public space. Directed by Cathryne Czubek, Ruth Somalo, Eva Tsoureka and Lur Olaizola.
Machine for life
Inspired by a series of conversations about architecture and the poetics of space between filmmaker Ruth Somalo and designer Suchi Reddy, this short film examines spaces of discovery and intimacy. Set in an unspecified futuristic era and location, sprinkled with sixties touches, and drawing from Le Corbusier’s concepts of “the mechanized”; our heroine space traveller arrives at an unknown place (designer Suchi Reddy’s apartment). After exploring its characteristics and taking full advantage of the opportunities that the well-designed elements allow, the space sets the scene for a tantalizing love story.
A film by Ruth Somalo about collective and private experiences at the Colony residency at MOMA PS1 Expo1: NYC Exhibition. In collaboration with "The Colony of Light" Basma Alsharif Peter Burr Steve Cossman Bonnie Jones Jodie Mack Xander Marro Aily Nash Ben Rivers Ben Russell Jonathan Schwartz Fern Silva and Josh Solonz
TILL YOU'RE TOLD TO STOP: James Blunt - TRAILER -
Till You’re Told To Stop follows the career of British singer songwriter James Blunt. It tracks the steps of an artist with no musical background through to his enormous worldwide success with his debut album Back To Bedlam. What happens between the summer of 2003 and 2009 (signing, the early gigs, album release, promotion, world touring and success in the UK and USA all the way to the recording of James’s second album) constitutes one of the most amazing musical journeys in decades. The film documents the friendship that grows between James and his Band while gaining public exposure and playing to ever growing audiences throughout London, Europe and the USA and how the original fan base develops into worshiping masses.
The ancient power of men's hand
Experimental film directed by Ruth Somalo and Ivana Larrosa. Produced by Horns and Tails for the Ethnographic Museum of Rural Life in Catalonia, Spain. Credits: Fotography: Ivana Larrosa Videography, Sound and Edit: Ruth Somalo Original Music: Ferran Martínez Poems: La noche de San Juan by Jorge Luis Borges Dies al Camp by Joan Vinyoli Capvespre by Joan Margarit Crepuscle by Joan Margarit Memory of my father by Patrick Kavanagh Voice Over: Joan Margarit & Ruth Somalo