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International Critics' Week 2007
FIPRESCI Revelation of the Year
The tension rises and settles in. The threat is in the air. But threat of what? People look so uncanny... or is it the gaze that is uncanny? me (yo) is built on suspense, mystery, ambiguity, suspicion. Using conventional forms, the film weaves a dense and tight fabric that no longer releases this tension, even when we know it's absurd, like in a story by Cortázar. The protagonist fills the screen with the help of obvious resources, but that nevertheless make us share his dull anguish.
"me" takes easily recognizable codes and pushes them to the limit, to the point where the gap becomes evident. A gap in the character's identity and in the spectator's identification. A gap in the genres and in the structures. A gap and a twist. What if these signifiers, so clearly coded, were pushed so far that they were stripped of their signification, or at least of the one we expect? "me" plays with expectation, with the perception of others and of oneself. It also plays with the expectation and the perception of cinema. The film plays and invites us to play, by refusing to give any univocal explanation or interpretation.
With admirable formal and technical skill, and with strict constraints, self-imposed for the sake of rigor, it comfortably uses artifice to playfully show that cinema (or at least a certain one to which it relates) is nothing but artifice. There is no experimenting here, in the typical sense, but on the contrary a precise and mindful use of standard elements. Always with that slight, disturbing twist.
A village in Majorca. A new German worker. An unspoken suspicion. A job to hang on to. "me" (yo) is the story of a man who, feeling accused of something he hasn't done, sets out to prove an innocence nobody questions. Every attempt to correct this mistake leads him closer to the real problem: himself.
Rafa Cortés, Director and Screenwriter. Born in Majorca, Spain, in 1973, Rafa Cortés worked as an assistant director for several years, both in feature films and advertising. He has directed two short films: How to be Federico Fernández (Cómo ser Federico Fernández) and The legend of the Sevillian (La leyenda del Sevillano), as well as several commercials and music videos. Together with actor Alex Brendemühl, he has written me (yo), his first feature film as a director.
Read Agustín Mango's review at the occasion of the Rotterdam Film Festival
Film website: www.yo-thefilm.com
Director: Rafa Cortés
Screenplay: Alex Brendemühl and Rafa Cortés
Executive Producers: Miriam Porté, Ramón Vidal (Fausto); Aintza Serra, Sergi Casamitjana (Escándalo); Montse Rodríguez, Cesc Mulet (La Perifèrica)
Editing: Frank Gutiérrez
Director of Photography: David Valldepérez
Cast: Alex Brendemühl (Hans), Margalida Grimalt (Catalina), Rafel Ramis (Miquelet), Heinz Hoenig (Tanca), Manel Barceló (Tonin)
Rezo Films International, T+ 33 (1) 42 46 46 30, F + 33 (1) 42 46 40 82, 29 Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, F 75009 Paris, France, www.rezofilms.com. Sales: Sébastien Chesneau; Festivals: Nathalie Jeung