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Vikingland

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Section 49 edición - Llendes
Country España
Year 2011
Format Digibeta
Color / B&W Color
Running time 99min.
Original language Gallego, alemán
Director Xurxo Chirro
Film Editing Xurxo Chirro
Photography Luís Lomba
Music Senem Outeiro
Production Beli Martínez
Cast Luis Lomba “O Haia” (Luis), Manuel González (Manuel)
Producer Filmika Galaika S. L.
Synopsis Xurxo Chirro discovered a gold mine in the form of VHS cassettes: the recordings of sailor Luis Lomba “El Haya”, his father’s workmate, recorded with a video-camera as a diary or letter to his family during his trips on board the ferry, Vikingland, which linked the German island of Sylt with the Danish town of Romo between October 1993 and March 1994. A material in which Chirro’s glance discovered a thousand nuances, and which he appropriates in a huge editing and condensation effort to create a personal and significant work. An attempt to transpose from Melville’s Moby Dick, the movie Vikingland is divided into various chapters that narrate the sailing experience. A transfer that unveils the clean gaze and the filterless thoughts of a Galician sailor gradually becoming a Pequod of the modern era, not stripped of poetry but full of a different although equally valuable essence.