NO COW ON THE ICE

 


INGEN KO PÅ ISEN / NO COW ON THE ICE
by Eloy Domínguez Serén

Spain 2015 / 63 min

Language and landscape as a gate into a new life.
A young Galician filmmaker emigrates to Sweden,
where he performs different part-time jobs.
His learning of a new language and fascination for the Swedish landscape
become a driving force against the difficult life conditions.
As he learns about the culture, society and lifestyle,
he develops a new identity.

Evoking Jonas Mekas might not be inapropriate to introduce
this personal filmed diary, especially in regard to the richness of the situations
and the delicate and visually graceful approach.
Having in mind the historical perspective of his grandparent’s emigration,
Domínguez Serén’s core focus – and the one underlying today’s human migration
– is undoubtedly the acquisition of a new language, which allows to develop
a deep relationship with both a new landscape and a different human culture.
Filmed over several years, the filmmaker manages, with a very accurate editing,
to capture this long process, which starts with silent solitary thoughts
and evolves into communication.

World Premiere at Visions du Réel (Switzerland), Official Competition.
National Premiere at Göteborg Film Festival.
Award for the Best Film at Play-Doc.
Award for the Best Documentary Film at Festival du Cinéma Espagnol de Toulouse.
Award for the Best National Film at Filmmadrid.
Award for the Best Screenplay at L’Alternativa. Barcelona Independent Film Festival.
Award DOCMA for the Best Film at Alcances.
Special Mention of the Jury at CEME DOC (Mexico).

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