Indie filmmaker goes on the road in Bilbao
Young independent filmmaker Raya Martin describes his new film, “Buenas Noches, España,” which will premiere at the Locarno film festival in Switzerland next month, as a “road trip.”
Using a vintage super 8 film camera, he traveled around Spain with two popular European actors, Pilar Lopez de Ayala and Andres Gertrudix.
“It’s my first long film shot outside the country,” Martin explains. “It’s a very exciting step toward discovering more of the world outside, but still asking the same question: Who is the Filipino?”
He says the film revolves around “relationships, drugs, teleportation, death and life.”
Last year, while shuttling between Madrid and the Basque country, the idea hit him.
“I discovered the Juan Luna paintings at the Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao and wanted to make something around it,” he relates. “I learned a lot about where Filipino identity could stand on colonial soil.”
It was a very personal journey for him, too.