The Aerial



San Sebastian Film Festival

SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain -- From Argentina comes this enchanting experimental film with very limited market potential but immense power of attraction for lovers of independent filmmaking. Lovers of Guy Maddin's or Jonas Mekas' experiments will probably be thrilled by Esteban Sapir's "The Aerial," an innovative piece depicting everyday life in a city whose inhabitants have lost the ability to speak. Shot in black-and-white with nondigital special effects giving it the look of a silent film, "The Aerial" is a poetic and metaphoric artwork about human communication and contemporary society.

The film follows the struggle between two characters, a resisting woman who has kept her voice, and Mr. TV, an evil man who controls the entire society thanks to his hypnotic TV channel and the products he forces people to consume.

Full of cinematographic references such as to Fritz Lang's "Metropolis" and to George Melies' "Man in the Moon," "The Aerial" is less an easy criticism of consumer society and television brainwashing then it is a poetic attempt to recreate a world through the sole power of images. It is reminiscent of Hugo Santiago's 1969 classic "Invasion" and the spirit of Sapir fellow Argentine, Jorge Luis Borges.