The Host

Year2015 Duration60 min. DirectorMiranda Pennell

Like a photo album that gains its own life, the film advances in a fixed image, masterfully telling a tale. The Host combines the filmmaker’s personal memory with collective memory and shows the trick of a well armed matryoshka doll: how a family film can contain a whole country as well as a search for a personal mirror in which oneself is reflected. The Host houses several films. Using the keys of essay film, the director delves into the past of her parents as former British Petroleum workers in Iran. The investigation reveals the other side of the country and takes the form of a huge international allegation. Finally, Miranda Pennell’s invitation is firm: she forces the spectator to look behind the image, to unveil the other side of the photographs and the scanned personal belongings that she comes across until she finally finds herself, without any possible distance between the official and the private story.

Spanish Premiere

Promoted by
Gobierno de Navarra
Organized by
With the aid of
Con la financiación del Gobierno de España. Instituto de la Cinematografía y las Artes Audiovisuales Acción Cultural Española Plan de Recuperación, Transformación y Resiliencia Financiado por la Unión Europea. NexGenerationEU

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