Quince Tree of the Sun

    El sol del membrillo

    • Victor Erice
    • Spain
    • 1992
    • 133 min
    • Top 10
    Every year at the beginning of autumn, the sun shines for a scant two hours onto the quince tree in the garden of the studio of Madrid-based artist Antonio L\'f3pez Garcia. Every year, he tries to capture the majestic light in a painting. Victor Erice painstakingly films the painting process, and the similarities between the disciplines of the two men - painting and filming - become increasingly clear. From the moment L\'f3pez Garcia nails the canvas to the stretcher and bangs two metal pegs into the ground for his feet (to fix his position behind the canvas), a game of observation and staging starts, played out by extremely subtle means. What seems at first to be a recording of reality (painting the tree, filming the painting process), turns out to be a sophisticated composition. "What we have here is the perfect unity of emotion and order," someone comments on the paintings, and the same could be said of the film. Time keeps passing: as December looms, the quinces have changed shape too much to be reliable models, and the painter has to stop work. \i Quince Tree of the Sun\i0 won the Jury Award and the Fipresci Prize at Cannes in 1992.

    Credits

    • 133 min
    • color
    • video
    • Spoken languages: Spanish
    Director
    Victor Erice
    Production
    Maria Moreno for Maria Moreno P.C, Carmen Martínez
    Cinematography
    Javier Aguirresarobe, Angel Luis Fernandez
    Editing
    Juan Ignacio San Mateo
    Sound
    Ricardo Steinberg

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