In Extremadura, a province in the southwest of Spain, a village awaits a great flash of light. Anything to shake up the fossilized monotony of this community caught somewhere between archaic »machoexplicacíon« and the faded brocade folds draped around the Virgin Mary effigy during an Easter procession. Like all of her prophecies, Isa tape records this vision in case all disappears, memories vanish. Cita wants to disappear herself – leave her whining, ceiling-licking husband behind. She even gets gussied up to do so, but only makes it as far as the TV to cackle, or to the church pew for penitence. Maria, a widow, wanders the sun-bleached alleyways alone. Is she really mourning her husband, or do we furtively catch her doing a little jig of joy?
It’s the women here who radiate an imaginative resilience despite the crosses they bear. Their deliverance: the juicy secrets they keep, sad stories shared and delicious dreams of things like tiny dragons in one’s mouth or chocolate caramel peeing from the clouds. Casting non-actors from the region from where she hails, Rodriguez’s narrative explores faces and places. Rather than stick with one character, it unfolds like tatters from a cosmic, pulsating tapestry of collective interiority. The chimerical images and sound design – with scenes so curious and painterly in composition and hue; sounds so edgy, synthetic and close – feel like a nod to Surrealist painting and field research gone wild, all at once.
Guest: Ainhoa Rodríguez
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Ainhoa Rodríguez is a film and television director, producer and scriptwriter. She was born in Madrid (1982) and grew up in Extremadura. She holds a PhD in audiovisual media and a degree in audiovisual communication, both from Complutense University of Madrid. She also received her diploma in film direction and TV production from TAI School of the Arts. Her work has screened and won numerous awards at festivals worldwide. She is a teacher, works passionately with women from different rural areas and gives workshops about film language and non-normative perspectives to encourage actions of socio-cultural importance in these communities. Mighty Flash premiered at the IFF Rotterdam 2021 in the Tiger Competition.
Films by Ainhoa Rodríguez
Ellxs 2019 | Fade 2016 | Aprende con… 2008–2009 | Dolls 2006