DOUBLE STEPS (Los pasos dobles), the new hybrid narrative/
documentary (is there any other kind these days?) that makes its Spanish Cinema Now debut this week (see end of post for screening times)! Together with Barcelona Before, which had but a single screening this past Sunday night, and about which I'll have more to say later), this film represents yet another Spanish "step" in fracturing what we've long thought of as the documentary form but putting it back together as filmmaking art. The movie it most reminded me of, simply for its sense of first splintering and then re-forming as something else, is Bombay Beach (from Israeli filmmaker Alma Ha'rel about a very unusual American community).
Isaki Lacuesta (above, right) and Isa Campo (above, left: more about their most interesting and creative relationship appears in the interview below), the movie is ostensibly about French artist (born in Rochester, New York!) François Augiéras (click for images of his art here). And yet, like everything in Double Steps the film doubles in and out upon itself and is, in the end, as much about the art and the subject of that art as it is about the artist.
Walter Reade Theater this Thursday, December 15, at 7pm, and again Tuesday, December 20, at 2pm.
Meeting the adorable twosome of Isaki Lacuesta and Isa Campo was nearly as much a treat as was their movie. Looking barely out of their teenage years (they certainly have the energy and enthusiasm of teen-agers), they're actually in their mid-thirties and have been together -- living and working -- since high school. How's that for an enduring relationship?! In the following short interview, TrustMovies appears in boldface and Isaki and Isa in standard type.
I have only seen about eight of the SCN films so far, but it seems to me that yours is definitely the most artistic of the bunch, and the most challenging.
We understand English quite well, and we speak it a little bit but… (he shrugs)
Wow! Oh, good. That way this can support you for awhile so can make other movies like Double Steps.