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Coast of Death

2013

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  • The first half is full of memorable images — men on a large rock/reef by the water, hiding behind crags when especially severe waves come crashing down, then running back out to scavenge for more — but Luis Patiño rounds out of fresh visual ground to cover. There's an increasingly irritating series of conversations between two middle-aged men about the history of the landscapes they walk through. Cut in half, this would've made an ace short.

  • Coast of Death takes a genuine step toward constructing a posthuman aesthetics through its convincing insistence that the human figure is no more vital to the image than the rapidly shifting landscape it inhabits.

  • Named after the Galician coastline on which it was filmed, this essay film flattens both history and landscape with some wonderful digital photography. Midway through, it pays brief homage to James Benning's Casting a Glance (2007) with a becalming sequence in which the water levels of a canal go up and down and up again.

  • ...The sounds of their voices mix with the ambient noises of wind, water, and crackling fire, and travel across a series of static frames that the editing assembles like puzzle pieces, culminating in a single synthetic landscape view which unites them. The cumulative experience of witnessing all these different locations—built up over the film’s 83 minutes—is that of coming to know Costa da Morte as though the region itself were a living character.

  • The Galicia region of Spain may have found a potential filmmaker laureate in Lois Patiño, who lustrously portrays its extreme coastal environments in “Costa da Morte.” In this high-definition series of cinematic landscape paintings, fishermen, woodcutters and other hardy mortals are often mere matchsticks within improbable panoramas of shimmering blue ocean, rock cascades and towering trees shrouded in mist.

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