By Bernie IJDIS


Documentary - Completed 2011

Hoy–ayer, now-then. Time itself is the protagonist, undisturbed! And, time is going its own way. Sometimes it is challenging our patience and sometimes it can take us by surprise. Hoy como ayer is a ‘story’ without many words about a vital old tango singer who is coping with the reality of time.

    • Year of production
    • 2011
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 70 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Bernie IJDIS
    • Writer(s)
    • Bernie IJDIS
    • Producer(s)
    • Bernie IJDIS (Filmy Wiktora), Pablo CHERNOV (Filmy Wiktora)
    • Synopsis
    • (…)’Far more successful, but in its own way equally as stylistic, is ‘Hoy como ayer’, Bernie IJdis’ portrait of 87-year-old tango singer Juan Carlos Godoy. With a directorial approach that favors observation over interaction, IJdis explores the dynamic between Godoy onstage, where he performs with the ease and offhanded charm of an Argentine Tony Bennett, and off, where the singer is perfectly content to dress, drive and eat largely in silence. (The first thing Godoy says in the film, after over ten minutes of quiet preparation for that evening’s performance, is, ‘Shooting quite a silent film, right?’) Appropriately , there is nothing hurried or forced in IJdis’ filmmaking. Capturing Godoy with a series of long takes and a refusal to move his camera once filming begun, even when the performer is singing just out of frame, IJdis seems as at ease with Godoy as the elderly musician is with his beloved songs. ‘Hoy como ayer’ may be the quietest, most contemplative documentary about a musician ever made.’
      (quote from an article by Doug Jones in 'indieWIRE' about the Rotterdam Filmfestival 2011).
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Jul 01, 2010