French and Bombara with English subtitles

With Bokar Dembele, Hamadoun Kassogue, Miquel Barceló

The best way to escape from your pursuers without leaving any traces behind you is to walk backwards over your own footprints. This is what French artist and author François Augiéras believed as he painted every inch of the walls of a military bunker in the desert and let it sink into the sand so that no-one would find it till the 21st Century. But who is Augiéras? A legionary, painter, writer, gunman, saint, thief, devil, or a mix of all this? One of the most interesting auteurs working in Spain today, Catalan filmmaker Isaki Lacuesta, and one of Spain’s foremost living artists, Miquel Barceló, guide us through the Mali desert in search of a fresco painted by Augiéras in this gorgeous film that won the Golden Shell at the San Sebastian International Film Festival.

About the Director
Isaki Lacuesta (Gerona, 1975) is one of the most original and important Catalan filmmakers working today. Although a documentarian by training, his films include touches straight out of fiction and an original and fascinating fusion of genres and languages. A complete retrospective of his work, “Swimming in a Sea of Images: The Cinema of Isaki Lacuesta” was organized in collaboration by the Ramon Llull Institute, Catalan Films, and the University Pompeu in 2011. The event included Lacuesta’s documentaries, narratives, and short films. Among other projects, Lacuesta is currently developing a television comedy series.

Lacuesta’s feature The Double Steps (2011) was awarded the Golden Shell at San Sebastian Film Festival. His documentary El Cuaderno de Barro (2011) received a Golden Medal at the International Festival of Audiovisual Programs (FIPA) in Biarritz. His film La Leyenda del Tiempo (2006) was recognized as the Best Spanish Film of the Year by the Catalan Critics Association.