A whistle. A cat that is watching. A bunch of
flowers that are listening. A painting from which
sounds may be guessed. That much is enough to
make Otacustas a film both precious and subtle
wherein, from the secret, and through things
unsaid but suggested, we are invited to learn
to prick up our ears. In the intimacy of some
locked-down apartment, the outside sounds
are reverberating, thus subtly closing the gap
between the far and the near, the intimate and
the political. Not unlike Nicolas Maes who tried
to pierce the real through painting, Mercedes
Gaviria does her utmost, through sounds, to
unveil the mystery of silence. Much like the
servant on the painting who seems to be
saying “hush hush” to us, and much like these
indiscreet flowers, let us prick up our ears and
listen to silence, supposing this exists. (Louise
Original Version : Spanish.
Subtitles : English.
Script : Mercedes Gaviria.
Photography : Mercedes Gaviria.
Editing : Mercedes Gavira.
Music : Rosario Blefari.
Sound : Mercedes Gaviria.
Casting : Mercedes Gaviria.
Production : Jeronimo Atehortúa (Invasión Cine).
Filmography : The Calm after the Storm, 2020.
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