La leyenda del tiempo
España / Spain / 2006 / Spanish and Japanese with Spanis and English subtitles / 115 min
Israel Gómez Romero, Francisco José Gómez Romero, Jesús Olvera Mota
La leyenda del tiempo is the title of the classic flamenco album performed by the immortal and no less legendary Camarón de la Isla. This wonderful film opens with his large funeral and while it is not about Camarón himself, it is clearly infused with his spirit. Instead, we are introduced to the parallel worlds of Makiko, a young Japanese woman determined to understand the pain behind flamenco, and Isra and Cheíto, two brothers who grow up on the same salt marches on the same island where Camarón was born and rose to fame. After his father’s death, tradition dictates that Isra may never sing again. The film’s spontaneity stems from the fact that the characters are real—Lacuesta discovered them on his exploration of the south of Spain—and that their stories are true, but Isaki’s creative touch does the rest, bringing us something that is neither a documentary nor a work of fiction, but the two rolled into one intense production overflowing with emotion and poetry.
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His work includes documentary film, narrative film and video art. He has directed Cravan vs Cravan (2002), Los condenados (2009), La noche que no acaba (2010) or Los pasos dobles (2011).