unknown - Completed 2006

    • Year of production
    • 2006
    • Genres
    • unknown
    • Countries
    • SPAIN
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 93 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Marc RECHA
    • Writer(s)
    • Marc RECHA
    • Producer(s)
    • Núria Botellé REBULL
    • Synopsis
    • The ruggedly beautiful Catalan interior and the spectre of the Spanish Civil War play central roles in Marc Recha's meditative August Days. Fraternal twins Marc and David (played by Marc and David Recha themselves) take off on a road trip in their caravan, exploring the interior during its sunny, languid August lull. It's a rambling journey with no real itinerary, depicted through stills of their trip and coloured by encounters with the local people and fellow travellers. The intimacy of their brotherly love can be felt in the narration by their younger sister. In their explorations, Marc and David discover unexpected evidence of Spain's violent past in this peaceful, quiet paradise: walls filled with bullet holes, remains of blown-up villages. The effects of industry add to the sense of devastation, the landscape defaced by factories and landfill sites. Catalonia's past is being eradicated by an equally destructive present. Marc has also embarked on a journey into himself. He is obsessed by the Civil War stories of the late Ramon, a journalist who was a family friend. Marc wants to talk to the people who knew Ramon and to uncover his writings about the effects the war and the ensuing regime had on Catalonia. He wants to surround himself with all things pertaining to Ramon in order to understand the history of his country and write his own version of what happened during that era not so long past. Summer comes to an end, the nights begin to cool, and responsibilities call the brothers back to reality: David must rejoin his son in Barcelona, while Marc needs to face himself and the story he needs to tell. Sleepy August has served its purpose, rejuvenating the brothers and preparing them to face the grind of daily life. Recha's fifth feature film is his most personal and intimate to date. August Days traces a journey of discovery through his beloved country - a rediscovery of familiar places with a new perspective - as well as the journey of the artist and his search for the way to channel his creative energies.