Fiction / 30 min
A young man, Iago, wakes up in a hospital waiting room and finds out that he now has to look after his 3yr old brother who he’s never met. For a few hours, he’s responsible for a life that’s just beginning. In the middle of natural scenery, yet confronted by the real world, buffeted by gusts of wind and surrounded by abandoned ships and skeleton-like cranes, Iago realizes that life can come to an end.
The great success of the film is that it never loses sight of its narrative stakes, a young adult and a child who learn to discover each other, while slipping quietly into a more experimental region, which Imanol Pittaluga populates with dreamlike visions that are always inspired.
This shift, through the play of time and the use of scenery, produces a troubling connection between these two characters even though they are long separated. This game of persistence of figures, as well as these two fascinating actors to watch simply walking, waiting for each other, turning around or getting lost, make all the strength of Embata.
Thomas Salvador / Director