documentary, HD, color, 89min, 2010
Story of a Day begins as an observation of the tranquil existence of farmers living somewhere in rural Latin America. The day begins. A woman touches up her eyebrows. A man shaves. The chickens are let out and goats are fed. Little or nothing is said, but the soundtrack gradually evolves into a subtly rich combination of environmental and added sounds. This observation takes on a more contemplative aspect when attention shifts to other characters at other locations. In this document of a single day, Rosana Matecki tells an abstract story about a random selection of human lives. Whereas Walter Ruttman used the dynamics of the daily cycle to create a portrait of Berlin in Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Grosstadt, Matecki takes the passing of the day as a medium for rites of passage. Nonetheless, she does not resort to the cliché of sunrise and sunset as symbols of birth and death. In Story of a Day, death comes in the morning, while elsewhere a wedding is being prepared. In meticulously framed shots, she shows people coming together for collective experiences: the ritual slaughter of a goat; the burial of a loved one; a young woman’s dance ritual apparently intended to charm a man; and, in the evening, a birthday party at which at least one guest has more alcohol than is good for him.
Original title: Historia de un día
Directed by Rosana Matecki
Feature Documentary. Color HD, 89 min.
Financed by CNAC (Venezuela), Jan Vrijman Fund (Netherlands).
Produced by Producciones Kiiskakuna
Copies: MiniDv, Betacam Digital Pal, Betacam SP ( inglés/frances/español)
TV version: 52 min (available in April 2010)
35 mm will be make in June 2010.
Web site: www.kiiskakuna.com
Produced and directed by:Rosana Matecki
Direction of photography:John Márquez/ Emil Guevara
Sound: Cecilia Nava
Editing and visual effects: Lucas Villegas
Original score: Alejandro Rodríguez
Sound design and mix: LegatoProductions, Montreal, Canadá
Photo fixe: Fernando Bracho Bracho/ Jorge Briceño
Special participation of
The Guerrero family (Carrizales), the Avendaño family (San José), the Rodríguez and Zabala families (La Guardia), theHernandez family (Manzanillo), theEpieyúandPushainá (Manaure) andGirnú (Nazareth).
23th International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA) 2009, Amsterdam. (Docs for Sale 2009 IDFA).
8éme Edition du Festival Ouidah 2010 á Benin.
25to Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara 2010. (Mercado FICG25) 6th Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival 2010, Qatar.
6° Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de Mar de Plata 2010 (MARFICI), Argentina
TRT International Documentary Film Competition 2010, Turquía. DocShop/ Hot doc 2010, Toronto 26° Festival de Cine de Varsovia 2010, Polonia
Read Robert Koehler’s Review for Variety