…or ‘Watching more things on VCR’.
Nearly the whole of April was cold and rainy… same old story. Fortunately for me I discovered my local libraries lease old VHS films for free! …because no one else wants them. So I got to watch entire works of Julio Medem.
The film of his I’d seen was Lucía y el sexo / Sex and Lucia, absolute classic. Visually rich, lots of sun and moon imagery, a little Almodovar-esque in its use of bizarre coincidences and a twisting plot; scenes from the past, the present, fantasy and one of the character’s written fiction blend together as Medem explores the pull of desire, temptation and sexuality.
The Red Squirrel/ La Ardilla Roja, 1993
Caótica Ana/ Chaotic Ana, 2007, was inspired by Medem’s younger sister, who died in a car crash in 2001. 'My sister Ana Medem was a painter, and she still remains one through her paintings. My sister celebrated her largest exhibition of paintings at a winery resort in Carignan, south of
by car to this wine region I again recognized the reddish hue of the landscapes
of Tierra (Earth), my third film that I shot there five years back. My sister
was meeting us, relatives and friends, at the entrance hall of the exhibition.
That is, the people she most wanted were waiting for her, by a closed door that
she should open. A few minutes before the fixed opening time, three kilometers
away, my sister died in a car accident. We did not enter the exhibition. I have
in my mind a full moon in the sky in late afternoon, almost red, and almost
over the highway, while driving my car to Zaragoza,
Spain Zaragoza. The next day,
before they closed my sister’s coffin, I decided – and I told her – that one
day I would shoot a film on her.' The film features the artwork of Ana Medem.
Song, Tiempo Y Silencio, and art from Chaotic Ana