Programmed by Jean-Marie Barbe
From abandoned clay pits to unpaid real estate debts, Spanish bricks embody the economic triumph then collapse of a country. Factories closed half the year, a curiously inhabited ghost-town, working class battles against expropriations orchestrated by banks: following the track of commodity is a way of putting faces on a crisis, sketching out the individual or collective strategies that allow people to overcome it.
This film’s form and theme are unusual enough to make us want to show it to you. It’s an allegorical representation of a country’s economic collapse – in this case, Spain. Director Quentin Ravelli is both a human sciences research fellow with France’s National Centre for Scientific Research, and a novelist – a rare and precious combination! These dual skillsets give his film the implacable dimension of scientific demonstration and a sense of narration with connecting sequences similar to the chapters of a tragic novel.
Bricks are its common thread, and in a way, Quentin Ravelli takes a gamble in making them the film’s star. It’s a risky gamble but one that pays off in this movie that impressively documents the devastating consequences of speculation.
Producer, Editorial Coordinator of Tënk and Co-founder of the États Généraux du Film Documentaire de Lussas