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The Calm Fernando Vílchez Rodríguez

A man who narrowly survived an earthquake caught in the din of the clearing up efforts, and his agonising desire to find stability again.

The Calm

Documentary Film
2011
20 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Intro Films S.R.L.
Fernando Vílchez Rodríguez
Rauf Neme
Gisella Barthé, Fernando Vílchez Rodríguez
Fernando Vílchez Rodríguez
Fernando Vílchez Rodríguez
Paula Chávez
The sound of waves on the beach, the sun mirrored in the water, a head wind and the wide horizon produce a peaceful feeling. But this peace is deceptive. The man in the frame has survived an earthquake. His village was destroyed completely. Dramatic news images show the situation right after the quake, desperate screams everywhere and a body under the rubble. It’s the protagonist, dug out by helpers with their bare hands. A race against time, a battle of life and death.
Weeks later the air is filled with machine noise. They are trying to bring order to chaos. Dense dust settles on the ruins. The survivor longs for peace. Does life still make sense? Perhaps he should leave this place and make a fresh start somewhere else? Will his memories keep haunting him there? Will he have peace at last?

– Paulo de Carvalho

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