THE HIDDEN CITY

LA CIUDAD OCULTA

By Victor MORENO

POMME HURLANTE FILMS - as PROD

Documentary - Development 2017

The technical dream, deployed towards the exploration of space, has also motivated an inverse movement: the opening of a subterranean world.
An immense spiders web that sits upon and depends on the visible city; a functional space but also a hidden sphere: the unconscious of the city.

    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • SPAIN, FRANCE
    • Languages
    • SPANISH
    • Budget
    • N/A
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Victor MORENO
    • Writer(s)
    • Víctor MORENO, Rodrigo RODRÍGUEZ
    • Producer(s)
    • Lourdes PÉREZ (El Viaje Films), Nayra SANZ (El viaje films), José ALAYÓN (El viaje films), Eva CHILLÓN (POMME HURLANTE FILMS)
    • Synopsis
    • Before the advent of humans, in a marshy area surrounded by forests, a monkey is infected: bit by an insect it contracts a strange illness, submerging it into a state of delirium. The monkey’s attention, until now focused on the immediate exterior world, suffers a radical change and instead begins to focus on its interior; the animal “enters itself”. The outside world loses its consistency, it has become an uninhabitable place. This loss of balance between two worlds: the exterior and interior, produces in the animal, now human, a dynamic feeling of unease that can only be mitigated through technique. This would be its attempt, to save itself from the abyss that exists between these two worlds; the possibility to modify the exterior, the natural world; to make it all more “habitable” for its new inclinations.

      A million years later, this primal human need can be found in the modern city, especially where it owes most to technological development: the subterranean. The opening up of the subterranean world under our cities is the proof of the intent of humans to dominate nature. Without us even noticing there is a network that creates a sort of negative version of the visible city, while at the same time it is a space that is essential for its daily functioning, and that it also has a symbolic aspect. It is where the subconscious of the enormous organism know as the city lies. In this way the substratum changes into a hidden sphere where our phobias arise; the symptoms of our own malaise. Analyses of the underground water underline that there are traces of anti-anxiety drugs, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, and cancerous substances of daily use, among other elements. Meanwhile the underground transport systems have become a prefiguration of the future city: a dystopia that is made real, in which urban space is reduced to a plane of mere discipline. As it turns out, that original attempt by mankind to create via technology a new world in which to fully live is now a space that is also totally uninhabitable.

      However alongside all of the technical tools, mankind was also capable of creating artistic objects. Stored in the basements of famous museums, art, as a creative and transformative tool may be able to help us confront our reality. Enabling the restoration of a communication, which has become broken, between ourselves and the rest of the world.
    • Partners & financing
    • Confirmed financing: 205.000 €
      Sales, private inversion, producer inversion
      Applied (to be confirmed) : ICAA and MEDIA 175.000 €
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Nov 01, 2016
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