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City of Signs  //  La Ciudad de los Signos (Orig.)

DIR: Samuel Alarcón
2009 / Spain / 62 min


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In March 1980, César Alarcón traveled to Pompeii on an ambitious project: to collect 'psychophonies' - electronic voice phenomena - from Vesuvius’s great eruption that destroyed the city. After listening to all of his recordings, he finds that none contain sounds from the year 79 AD. However, one of the tapes caught a much more recent and peculiar bit of conversation that César had heard somewhere before.

City of Signs is a journey through the films of Italian director Roberto Rossellini. His movies were a stiletto opening the breach through which all modern film would later pass. The spaces he used as locations in his films still conserve signs from the shooting, signs that form part of an immense city constructed behind both the living and the dead.


Director Samuel Alarcón
Screenplay Samuel Alarcón, Mercedes Cebrián, Juan Pablo Heras
Dir. of Photography Javier Cardenete
Editing Héctor Rodriges
Music Eneko Vadillo
Sound Mitsuo Nakata, Gésesis Candela
Duration 62 min
Year 2009
Country Spain
Colour Colour, Black & White
Tags cities, film, historical
Production Samuel Alarcon producciones
Samuel Alarcon producciones
Country:  Spain


Documenta Madrid 09 Sección ...

Documenta Madrid 09 Sección oficial de largometraje de creación.
Muestra de cine del Atlántico Alcances Cádiz 09. Sección oficial de largometrajes.
Festival internacional de cine de Ourense 09. Sección oficial de documentales.
Muestra de cortometrajes Cortomieres 10. Sección oficial de no ficción.
Festival de cine de Madrid PNR 09. Sección oficial fuera de concurso.
Marfici. Muestra de cine de Mar del Plata 23. Mar del Plata. Argentina. Sección Oficial.
Festival de cine Latinoamericano de LLeida 10. Sección oficial de documentales.
Festival Planet Doc 10. Varsovia, Polonia. Sección informativa.
Festival de cine pobre de Cuba 2010. Sección oficial.
Athens Ohio Film Festival 2010. Sección Oficial.
Pattras independet Film Festival 2010. Patras, Grecia. Sección oficial.
Festival Internazionale di Ischia 2010. Sección Informativa.


Audience award. Documenta Madrid ...

Audience award. Documenta Madrid 2009
Special mention of the jury. Alcances Cádiz 2009
Special mention of the jury. Cortomieres 2010


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