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Letter from Eusapia
IDFA 2021

Letter from Eusapia

Cartas desde Eusapia
Andrés Cornejo Pinto
Portugal, Hungary, Belgium, Ecuador
2021
19 min
European Premiere
Festival history

Filmmaker Andres Cornejo Pinto sends cameras through the sewers of Brussels. He mainly records sewage and rats, but he mixes this report of his everyday work with a story about the underground city of Eusapia, illustrated by archive footage. During the Cold War, it was said to have stored artworks. But a simultaneous experiment with mushroom cultivation proved fatal for some of the artistic treasures.

While the filmmaker explores the depths of Brussels with robotic cameras, his father in Ecuador similarly explores the innermost parts of the human body as he performs advanced keyhole surgery. However, the surgeon is powerless when a virus emerges for which there is no cure, and patients—including his own sister—die en masse in the hospital.

Father and son are connected by telephone, bridging the distance between continents, and between the pseudo-mythological Eusapia in decline and the current Covid-19 pandemic. Existential questions about life, death, and “being at home” hang heavy in the air.

Credits
Director
Production
    Frederik Nicolai for DocNomads
    Frederik Nicolai for DocNomads
Co-production
Cinematography
    Axel-Youri Meernout
    Axel-Youri Meernout
Editing
Sound
    Virgile Jans
    Virgile Jans
Sound Design
    Sébastien Lheureux
    Sébastien Lheureux
Screening copy
    DocNomads
    DocNomads

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