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Next Masters Competition 2018
The Sleeping Land José Bautista, Alfons Rodríguez

This journey with the Trans-Siberian sounds like a concept album, a driving, sometimes raw mixture of sounds and songs, carried by a frozen soil and those who walk on it.

The Sleeping Land

Documentary Film
64 minutes

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José Bautista, Alfons Rodríguez
José Bautista, Alfons Rodríguez
José Bautista
Alfons Rodríguez
José Bautista
José Bautista, Alfons Rodríguez
José Bautista
This land can be heard before it is seen, approaching by taps and hums, announcing itself in harsh rhythms and tinny sounds. A journey with the Trans-Siberian Railway, a distance of 10,000 kilometres, is also a musical one. The passengers meet singing women who dream of living in Manhattan, sharing their secrets with Demi Moore and acting in a Tarkovsky film. They meet a guitar player with a mouth full of gold teeth who believes that he sees a light behind his feverish delirium. The images are colourless but very close, faces are there to be explored, colours and patterns of the iris, lips, teeth, the texture of skin. What is the meaning of calm? Everybody has a different answer to this question. At the same time the film itself refuses to calm down, does not permit itself any rest. It doesn’t rush either but rather surrenders to a groove that takes it from city to city where it meets the local artists, musicians and failures. “The Sleeping Land” is a jam session taking us through a frozen but far from paralysed Russia.

Carolin Weidner