Laida Lertxundi

025 Sunset Red
2016, 16mm, 14min, color, sound


025 Sunset Red is a kind of quasi-autobiographical reckoning. An indiscernibility of then and now. Recollection and immediacy. Delicacy and virility. The elusive and the haptic. The Basque Country and California. Itís a set of echoes of an upbringing by communist radicals, not as nostalgia but as a way of making sense, of finding practical applications of the past in the present. Within the film, blood is collected and poured, red filters cover landscapes, and images of desire are both produced and observed. The film is a diaphanous, psychedelic foray into the domestic and the political, looking at ways that politics may erupt, shape a life, form a sensibility, and become inscribed upon a body.


     Shot in California:
     Benton, Alabama Hills,
     Ojai, Big Sur, Independence,
     Rim of the World, Indian Cove,
     Vernon and Los Angeles.
     Archival Photos: P.C.E. (Partido Comunista Español)
     and E.P.K (Eukal Partidu Komunista),
     Communist gatherings in Bilbao and Madrid
     and Familia Prado.
     Made with: Ren Ebel, Shambhavi Kaul,
     Emilio Luarca and Forouzan Safari
     Music: Kane Lafia, Claire MckEwon, Laura Steenberge
     Sound Mix: Craig Smith
     Typography: Lucas Quigley
     Post: Andew Busti
     Color from Neg: Caitlin Díaz, Cinelicious
     Thank you: ACB; Kate Dollenmayer; Usoa Fullaondo,
     Aram Moshayedi, Christina Nguyen, Anastasia Sargent,
     Hamza Walker, Suzanne Wright, Lindsey,
     Walt and Ann Hoffmann.