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El Peso de la Quietud

A compelling documentary about artistic restoration.
4/5

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Directed by Manuel Ojeda, ‘El Peso de la Quietud’ (The Weight of Stillness) is a short documentary film that observes the restoration work of neglected items and structures. Set in Cuba, and in the Spanish language (with English subtitled), the film takes a fly-on-the-wall look at the craftmanship of Lorenzo (carpenter), Miguel (gravedigger) and the also the coordination of Andy (custodian). With stellar cinematography from start-to-finish, accompanied by an eerily haunting musical soundtrack, the short poetically structured that makes for insightful artistic viewing.

The 27-minute film opens with Lorenzo’s reconditioning of a bygone wooden chair. After intensive woodwork remodeling and reupholstering, the final resurrection makes for an awe-inspiring watch. The documentary also delves into Miguel’s work at eliminating a beehive nestled in a vault.

Under Manuel Ojeda’s adept direction, the short is beautifully orchestrated with outstanding cinematography by Grethel Nuez. It is easy to let slip that the film is a documentary, due the film’s eloquent camerawork and post-production delivery. The soundtrack, which was composted by Pepe Gavilondo, fits swimmingly with the tone of the narrative. The entire film is essentially a tale of rejuvenation, resurrection and artistic exhibition. A charming watch with an abundance of compelling imagery. Highly recommended viewing.
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El Peso de la Quietud

A compelling documentary about artistic restoration.
4/5

Review

Directed by Manuel Ojeda, ‘El Peso de la Quietud’ (The Weight of Stillness) is a short documentary film that observes the restoration work of neglected items and structures. Set in Cuba, and in the Spanish language (with English subtitled), the film takes a fly-on-the-wall look at the craftmanship of Lorenzo (carpenter), Miguel (gravedigger) and the also the coordination of Andy (custodian). With stellar cinematography from start-to-finish, accompanied by an eerily haunting musical soundtrack, the short poetically structured that makes for insightful artistic viewing.

The 27-minute film opens with Lorenzo’s reconditioning of a bygone wooden chair. After intensive woodwork remodeling and reupholstering, the final resurrection makes for an awe-inspiring watch. The documentary also delves into Miguel’s work at eliminating a beehive nestled in a vault.

Under Manuel Ojeda’s adept direction, the short is beautifully orchestrated with outstanding cinematography by Grethel Nuez. It is easy to let slip that the film is a documentary, due the film’s eloquent camerawork and post-production delivery. The soundtrack, which was composted by Pepe Gavilondo, fits swimmingly with the tone of the narrative. The entire film is essentially a tale of rejuvenation, resurrection and artistic exhibition. A charming watch with an abundance of compelling imagery. Highly recommended viewing.
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