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dir. NYSU (Jesus Hernandez) / Spain, Great Britain 2014 / 40’
subtitles: Polish only


Jonathan David Mellor, Julia Llerena, Hugo Alfonso, Toni Rodríguez, Cova de Alfonso, Thiago Moraes

Film description

"We’ve been wanting to combine music and film for a long time. There are songs on every album that sound like the soundtrack to a film that hasn’t been made yet. This time, we decided to make that film," says Archive’s Darius Keeler. The Spaniards from NYSU had no doubt that this venture would be governed by different rules from a typical film production. That "the music makes for the screenplay here while the images make up the soundtrack." The result is a disturbing dystopian story with almost no dialogue in which the plot twists are determined by the changing songs and their lyrics. The ringing of a divine bell, which rules the lives of the residents of the totalitarian society on the title island, provides the main subject. Claustrophobic, black-and-white, music-video-like images contrast with panoramic shots of a stormy sea breaking up on the bare, rocky coastline, from where there is nowhere to escape to. And the electronic, pulsating rhythms of Archive’s music, encouraging a rebellion, make it possible to shed light on subjects straight out of Huxley and Orwell.

Robert Mróz

Information about director


NYSU is a Madrid-based film collective led by Jesus Hernandez. Known primarily for their video clips (including Wild Beasts and Polly Scattergood), they also make commercials and short films. Hernandez’s style spans between the carnality of Cronenberg and a penchant for hand-made special effects associated with the work of Michel Gondry.


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Cast & Crew

director: NYSU (Jesus Hernandez)
screenplay: David Gambero, NYSU
cinematography: Pablo Clemente
editing: NYSU
music: Archive
cast: Jonathan David Mellor, Julia Llerena, Hugo Alfonso, Toni Rodríguez, Cova de Alfonso, Thiago Moraes
producer: NYSU
production: Alberto López Garrido
language: English
colouration: b&w
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