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Documentary, Experimental ㅣ JEONJU Cinema Project: Next Edition

Krakatoa

Carlos CASAS
Spain,France,UK 70min 4K Color Documentary, Experimental
Production StatusScenario Development
Goal of ParticipationFinancing, Co-production, World Sales, Film Festival Screening
Production budget350,000 USD
Budget Required124,400 USD
Secured budget Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts [Production Fund] : 171,600 USD · Other funds : 19,000 USD · Filmika Galaika (Self-funding) : 35,000 USD
LOGLINE

A Javanese fisherman working on a platform at sea spends his last day before the greatest volcano eruption of all time unfolds.

SYNOPSIS

The film narrates the last day of Kesuma, a young Bagan fisherman. Kesuma survives by living on his bamboo-fishing platform, a few kilometers away from the volcanic island of Krakatoa in Indonesia. After a hard night’s fishing, where fish have mysteriously disappeared, we are introduced to the protagonist, Kesuma, seeing him the next day repairing his nets and caring for his platform. A giant explosion takes Kesuma by surprise and shocks him—a tsunami engulfs everything, and the film turns upside down. Kesuma wakes up on a deserted island. The tsunami tossed him through the violent waves. As a castaway he strolls around the island desperately looking for water and food, until he finally finds a cave where he can hide, hoping for the eruptions to end. He prepares himself for the ultimate sacrifice. Nothing can prepare him or the spectator for what is coming.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

Krakatoa is a hybrid film, composed of speculative fiction, documentary sonic narrative, and abstract scientific imaging. Working from a sonic reconstruction of the 1883 eruption and mixing it with testimony account of a survivor of the last eruption of Krakatoa in 2018; the film explores the sensorial affect possibilities of film as a medium and explores ways of introducing audiences with new ways of empathy with our environment through abstract audiovisual embodiment. The eruption of Krakatoa in 1883 has been considered one of the most devastating natural phenomena in human history, also considered to be the loudest natural noise produced by the earth in recorded history. The Krakatoa eruption produced some of the most remarkable natural sightings, its impact could be seen all over the world and changed weather and sky conditions around the planet.

INTERVIEW
What inspired you to start this project?
The inception of this project is an illustration of a map that shows the region where the sound of the Krakatoa eruption in 1883 could be heard, but the real moment I understood this was the project I needed to do was when I read that this eruption was one of the loudest sounds ever produced by our planet, one of the greatest shouts of earth…That image is still the driving force of the project…

At that moment I understood that this idea this event could carry the burden of much of what worries us today, it could become an important vessel to talk to challenge to push this stagnation we are in regarding the crisis we as species are confronted… by talking about this event I could speak about climate change in a transversal way, but also this eruption got me fascinated because it launch it a new understanding of the planet as an ecosystem and also as spectacle, after the eruption and for nearly a year the sunsets were different extremely spectacular, pushing our connection to the planet projecting the possibility of our demise but also the sublime nature of our existence… the eruption created the greatest film of all, a six month reddish orange sunset, one that by looking at it our relation to the planet would change.

But also this eruption put finally the world scientist in unison, the earth became an ecosystem and we understood that whatever happens in an island at the end of the world affects us all… all together we can understand better and try to decipher how the earth works…This eruption can be the beginning of ecology…And the inception of all that is happening today…
Is there any scene or emotion you want the audience to remember after watching this movie?
In a way, one of the driven forces of the film is to be able to transmit through sound and image the feeling a victim of one of this eruption experiences, the intensity but also the chaos, using abstract ways to depict it, also one of the challenges is how can i craft that journey in an abstract and more experimental way, using the languages of fiction, documentary and scientific film, a cross over that can merge all this cinematic ways in a new form, using sound as a guiding tool between abstraction and documentary realism.
DIRECTOR
Carlos CASAS
A filmmaker and artist whose practice encompasses film, sound, and the visual arts. His films have been screened and awarded in festivals around the world like the Venice IFF, IFF Rotterdam, Buenos Aires IFF, Mexico IFF, CPH:DOX, FID Marseille, to name a few. His works have been presented in International exhibitions like Venice Biennale, Shanghai Biennale, Bangkok Biennale, and Istanbul Biennial.
END trilogy (2003-2007), Cemetery (2019)
PRODUCER
Beli MARTÍNEZ
Filmika Galaika, the production company producer Beli Martínez belongs to, was established in 2009 with the aim of promoting film projects with a clear auteur vocation. After ten years of work, Filmika Galaika is today considered as a key reference for film production in Spain thanks to its involvement in several of the most outstanding works of the so-called New Galician Cinema, such as Vikingland (2011), Endless Night (2019), and They Carry Death (2021).
Endless Night (2019), Those That, at a Distance, Resemble Another (2019), They Carry Death (2021)
CONTACTinfo@filmikagalaika.com
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