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10,000KM

June 13, 2014

SIFF 2014 Best New Director: Grand Jury Prize | Is long distance the wrong distance? Even the most passionate relationships can succumb to the stress of physical separation. The steamy bond between Alex (Natalia Tena, "Game of Thrones") and Sergio (David Verdaguer) is enacted through video-chats, texts, status updates and phone calls, as Alex leaves Barcelona for LA.

Does technology help or hinder our relationships? Can Skype ever truly substitute for the intimacy of sex? 10,000KM unpacks these questions with sensitive storytelling from one would know: writer-director Carlos Marques-Marcet, a Barcelona native who works with La Panda, an L.A.-based filmmaking group of Spanish expats. His award-winning debut feature, co-written with Clara Roquet, shows a relationship’s communication through video-chats, texts, status updates and phone calls. It’s shot entirely within the apartments of Alex (Natalia Tena, Nymphadora Tonks from Harry Potter and Osha from “Game of Thrones”) and Sergi (David Verdaguer). Before the separation, the film opens on the couple in their shared Barcelona home—a nearly twenty minute shot unfolds from steamy lovemaking into scenes of everyday intimacy. Photographer Alex and student Sergi are trying for a baby—until Alex receives an offer of a year long, paid artist residency in Los Angeles. Alex can’t pass up the opportunity to further her career. Will it be at the expense of the bond she’s built with Sergi? With video-diary markings showing Day 1, Day 15, Day 60, and so on, viewers live the happy, painful, and revelatory process of a relationship in flux, along with the intuitively played characters. Understated insight on the nature of technology and connection anchors this story of a couple separated by geography, dreams, and desires. “This is a story of our times,” said Marques-Marcet in Variety. “Fragments of a fragmented love.”

Director Biography

Born in Barcelona, Spain, Carlos Marques-Marcet started developing his unique voice at an early age. His early work earned him the INJUVE Young Creators Award, participation in film workshops with directors such as Abbas Kiarostami, as well as the Cahiers de Cinema's 2008 Best Short Film award for his film Udols. Marques-Marcet moved to Los Angeles after being granted a scholarship to study film at UCLA. His short films I'll Be Alone and Yellow Ribbon received several awards including a DGA recognition.

Sponsored by Honorary Consulate of Spain in Seattle, Consulate General of Spain in San Francisco, Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain, The Tourist Office of Spain, Dragados USA

Director: Carlos Marques-Marcet
Principal Cast: Natalia Tena, David Verdaguer
Country: Spain, USA
Year: 2014
Running Time: 99 minutes
Producer: Tono Folguera, Jana Díaz Juhl, Sergi Moreno
Screenplay: Carlos Marques-Marcet, Clara Roquet
Cinematographers: Dagmar Weaver-Madsen
Editors: Julia Montañés, Carlos Marques-Marcet
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: SXSW 2014 (Special Jury Recognition for Best Acting Duo), Malaga Spanish Film Festival 2014 (Best Film, Director, Actress, New Screenwriter)
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Language: Spanish, English
Subtitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: Visit Films
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