Country: Mexico, Holland
Direction: Diego Gutiérrez, Danniel Danniel
Screenplay: Diego Gutiérrez, Danniel Danniel
Photograph: Diego Gutiérrez
Editor: Danniel Danniel
Music: Michel Mulders
Production: Diego Gutiérrez, Danniel Danniel
Sound design: Mark Glynne
Production company: El Despacho Produkties
2014 Nederlands Film Festival / 2014 Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia México
A solitary man and an unknown death. There is no funeral, nor any friends or relatives to answer for him. A municipal service will be responsible for taking and destroying all of the possessions found in his house if nobody turns up in a few days. There is a protocol for these nameless deaths, a kind of impasse in which the anonymous corpses are still alive awaiting a response to this question: Do we really die at the time of death or when people forget about us? The filmmakers and their friends enter into the dead man’s house before this final verdict is fulfilled and they discover themselves through the deceased’s belongings and in the lives that are still buried.
Visual artist, film director, cameraman and editor. In 1998 he founded El despacho, an artist initiative interested in relating visual artists and people from other disciplines with an alternative way of making documentary films by means of playful formative processes. He has worked as a teacher and guest advisor at several art institutes and has co-directed together with other filmmakers and visual artists such as Kees Hin, Yael Bartana, Sebastián Díaz Morales and Linda Bannink.
After some unfinished studies of philosophy, mathematics and biology he graduated the Film and TV Academy in Amsterdam as a scenario writer, director and editor. His first feature film, Egg, was selected to Cannes’s Directors’ Fortnight. As an editor Danniel has been working since 1981 with different directors such as Heddy Honigmann, Johan van de Keuken, Jos de Putter, Jessica Gorter and Diego Gutiérrez. Every once in a while Danniel gives workshops in different film schools and universities.
EL DESPACHO PRODUKTIES
Diego Gutiérrez / Danniel Danniel