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