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Alamar -- Before their inevitable farewell, a young man of Mayan roots and Natan, his half Italian son, embark on an epic journey into the open sea.

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Writer:
Pedro González-Rubio (screenplay)
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14 July 2010 (USA) See more »
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Before their inevitable farewell, a young man of Mayan roots and Natan, his half Italian son, embark on an epic journey into the open sea. | Add synopsis »
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A film set in 'the place of origins' See more (24 total) »

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Directed by
Pedro González-Rubio 
 
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Pedro González-Rubio  screenplay

Produced by
Pedro González-Rubio .... producer
Jaime Romandia .... producer
 
Original Music by
Diego Benlliure 
 
Cinematography by
Pedro González-Rubio 
 
Film Editing by
Pedro González-Rubio 
 
Production Design by
Pedro González-Rubio 
 
Production Management
Øyvind Stiauren .... post-production supervisor
Joakim Ziegler .... post-production supervisor
 
Sound Department
Manuel Carranza .... sound recordist
Paulina Márquez .... sound producer
Adrián Reynoso .... sound editor
Emmanuel Romero .... sound designer
Rodolfo Romero .... sound designer
 
Visual Effects by
Raul Luna .... visual effects artist
Rodrigo Santoyo .... visual effects artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Torres Castilla .... underwater photographer
Alexis Zabe .... underwater photographer
 
Editorial Department
Edna Beatriz Cruz Miranda .... post-production assistant
Alan Durán Alatorre .... post-production assistant
Raul Luna .... color grading
 
Music Department
Uriel Esquenazi .... composer: theme music
 

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Also Known As:
"To the Sea" - Canada (English title) (festival title), International (English title) (informal literal title)
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73 min
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Tired of the repeated question about whether his movie is fictional or documentary, director 'Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio' finally explained to one festival audience: "It's a film".See more »
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Jorge:Me neither, I drink my coffee every night before going to bed
Matraca:Me too, when I'm with my buddies we always have coffee. But we drink it during daytime
Jorge:With the old guys
Matraca:With my buddies, the young guys
Jorge:What do you mean by young guys. Are they your age. If they are your age than that's not young anymore. You have lived many spring times, you're not that young any more
Matraca:Well, I'm still young at heart. I don't feel old...
Jorge:One thing is to feel and another is to be old
Matraca:- like some guys who feel old. Not me. The only thing that's old are the roads... and we're still on them
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A film set in 'the place of origins', 18 August 2011
Author: robert-temple-1 from United Kingdom

Once in a while, a film appears that restores one's faith in the cinema as a medium, and reminds one of its possibilities for opening a window on a magical world. This is one such film. The film is unconventional, and proceeds at a slow pace certain to madden even further the madding crowd. But for those who like to know more about 'real life', especially in unfamiliar surroundings, this slice of life provides a unique vision. The main characters are a man and his son, and the man's elderly father. It seems that the man and his son really are just that, whereas the grandfather is an actor. The man is a Mexican 'of Mayan Indian descent', though he does not look like a Lacandone to me, so he must be from another tribe descended from the Maya of this particular region (the Lacandone, who are pure Maya, being much further inland, living in depths of the forests), and his son has come to visit him on the Mexican coast from his Italian mother, who lives in Rome. It is the boy's introduction to a timeless way of life which in many respects is thousands of years old. The setting is the remarkable Mexican heritage site of Banco Chinchorro, a coral reef in the sea near the ancient Maya centres of Quintana Roo and Cozumel, in the Caribbean off south-eastern Mexico. The father and grandfather live the lives of simple fishermen in a hut on stilts just off the shore. The film features a great deal of undersea photography showing them spearing lobsters on the seabed without oxygen tanks, but only snorkels. The young Mexican director Pedro Gonzalez Rubio, who studied at the London Film School, has made this amazing film with himself as writer, cameraman and editor, and apparently the assistance of only two other people apart from the cast. He says he wanted to show life 'in the middle of the sea, in the place of origins'. He certainly succeeded in doing that, for there is a timeless quality to this film. It makes such a difference in a feature film which is not a documentary to see real people doing real things in real places rather than the perpetual parade of illusion which is what feature films normally are. The life portrayed here in the house on stilts and in the sea, the lack of any watch or clock, the entire immersion in 'what happens naturally' (often personified as 'Nature') is a salutary lesson to us all, prisoners as we are of a rigidly systematized and over-structured reality which is really a false reality. The people in this film are living a dream, and it is a true dream, whereas we are living a nightmare, and it is a false one, a monstrous parody of life invented and enacted by maniacs. One of the touching emotional details in this film is the friendship between the boy and a wild egret whom he names Blancquita. Although the little white bird has yellow eyes, when the boy draws it, he gives it blue eyes. Frigate birds and a young crocodile also feature as characters in the film. Rubio is a poet, and his filmed poem is a masterpiece.

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