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Malditos

North American Premiere

Malditos

Elena Goatelli, Angel Esteban

Italy, Spain | 2020 | 1 h 17 min
Spanish |
Subtitles: English
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A group of actors and dancers from Madrid came together in a show conceived as a dance marathon. Danzad, danzad, malditos—freely inspired by Sydney Pollack’s 1969 movie They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, an exploration of the macabre cabaret” of a dance marathon contest — was designed as an unscripted competition. In addition to 80 dance performances over three years, the group had to deal with tense and absurd situations, including physical fights and psychological meltdowns. The directors followed the dancers on and off stage, asking them to record themselves during their daily lives. Playing with the concept of a reality show transformed into a documentary and exploring the fuzzy distinction between onstage character and everyday personality, the film follows their shifting ideas about success, failure, glory, and competition, intermingles non-fictional activities and staged performances, and constantly blurs the lines between fiction and reality.
PerSo, Perugia Social Film Festival, Italy (2020)
Director Angel Esteban, Elena Goatelli
Sound Philippe Gozlan
Cinematography Guille Vazquez

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Elena Goatelli

Elena Goatelli

Elena Goatelli and Angel Esteban live and work together between a small town in the Italian Alps and Madrid. Elena, after her degree in American Literature in Venice University moved to Madrid where had her first job in Canal + documentary film department. She directed her first doc in 2012 Endometriosis, the tip of the iceberg” for TVE and started to collaborate with other independent filmmakers. Angel, after studying directing and cinematography, began working as an operator and director of photography. He soon became passionate about the editing process, a role he plays in all of his productions. From 2010 Elena and Angel are developing and directing their own films and usually collaborates with other artists in scenic proposals, investigating interdisciplinary narratives related to music, theater and performing arts. Their first film One minute for conductors” was world premiere at IDFA 2013, since after they have directed and produced TOM (2015) winner of more than ten awards, Auspicio (2019), an award-winning short film and Malditos (2020) produced together with Altrove films, supported by the Art Centre Naves Matadero of Madrid and Trentino Film Commission.
Auspice (2019)
Tom (2015)
One minute for conductors (2013)
Angel Esteban

Angel Esteban

Elena Goatelli and Angel Esteban live and work together between a small town in the Italian Alps and Madrid. Elena, after her degree in American Literature in Venice University moved to Madrid where had her first job in Canal + documentary film department. She directed her first doc in 2012 Endometriosis, the tip of the iceberg” for TVE and started to collaborate with other independent filmmakers. Angel, after studying directing and cinematography, began working as an operator and director of photography. He soon became passionate about the editing process, a role he plays in all of his productions. From 2010 Elena and Angel are developing and directing their own films and usually collaborates with other artists in scenic proposals, investigating interdisciplinary narratives related to music, theater and performing arts. Their first film One minute for conductors” was world premiere at IDFA 2013, since after they have directed and produced TOM (2015) winner of more than ten awards, Auspicio (2019), an award-winning short film and Malditos (2020) produced together with Altrove films, supported by the Art Centre Naves Matadero of Madrid and Trentino Film Commission.
Auspice (2019)
Tom (2015)
One minute for conductors (2013)

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