EL DESIERTO

THE DESERT

By Christoph BEHL

SUBTERRANEA FILMS S.R.L - as PROD

Drama - Completed 2012

The failed story of a love triangle in a post-apocalyptic world.

Festivals
& Awards

Ventana Sur 2013
Blood Window
SXSW 2014
SXGlobal
    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • ARGENTINA
    • Languages
    • SPANISH
    • Duration
    • 93 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Christoph BEHL
    • Producer(s)
    • Christoph BEHL (Subterranea Films), Tomás LIPGOT
    • Synopsis
    • Axel, Jonatan and Ana live together in a house that seems like a bunker in a post-catastrophic world. Outside is a threatening landscape, seen only as a background from the terrace of their house.
      Once they were a perfect love triangle, with strong bonds of friendship, but today nothing is left of it. Ana is with Jonatan and Axel is alone, bit by bit tattooing his body with flies, completely covering it with flies.Their old relationship cannot be recovered, the wounds run too deep. To escape from this hell, Ana has invented “the therapy room,” a small room where they record their confessions on a video camera. Each one of them speaks to an imagined other and records it, though really Jonatan just sits alone in the room in silence to please Ana. Axel, on the other hand, only goes there to open a secret box that contains the tapes recorded by Ana.
      But everything changes when Axel and Jonatan go out on an expedition in search of provisions and return to the house with a zombie that they call Pythagoras. The creature, with an expressionless face, stares out at nothing, at a fixed point in space, like a lobotomized patient. Pythagoras’ presence disturbs the others who begin to imagine an invisible presence in the room, exactly at the point where his gaze seems fixed. Perhaps that is why –or maybe it is because they need a cathartic element– they begin to beat him often, while he feels nothing of the torture, and the vicious circle of catharsis and guilt closes in more and more. Meanwhile Axel moves dangerously close to Ana, pushed on by Jonatan, as Ana gives into Axel’s desire in a desperate attempt to stop the free fall of their house.
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