Tuesday, March 25t Herter 301 @ 6:30p
Director Ramon Térmens teams with screenwriter Daniel Faraldo to craft three stories centered on the topic of immigration in contemporary Catalunya. In the first tale, a traumatized ex-convict (Gonzalo Cunill) returns home after serving time for rape, but discovers that his sentence when he is shunned by neighbors, and the local gangs endeavors to destroy any chance for reconciliation with his former girlfriend. The second tale follows the experiences of a Senegalese immigrant (Babou Cham) who lands a job as a debt collector based solely on the color of his skin, and receives order to humiliate a staunchly right wing, anti-immigrant politician into paying up. In the final story, a businessman (Joel Joan) becomes a media celebrity after killing an immigrant caught burglarizing his home, finds his celebrated public image irreparably damaged following a scandalous revelation.The abandonment and demolition of an old house, with all its furniture, its plentiful library and its full load of personal memories, becomes the starting point for this film, which tries to portray some of the aspects of the new world. The camera peeps into the real state furore, turned into a showroom and promise of financial gain or of the paradise; into financial investment brokers, gurus and preachers of success and mythology. Personal and collective memory, dreams and desires will be ultimately transformed into pure merchandising.