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Along the Road to Altamira
Canada / 20:00 / 1986 / sound / colour
"The lateral movement of the title "Along the Road to Altamira" signals that we are about to embark on a journey through Spain. Our final destination is Altamira, where the first forms of representation by Paleolithic man still remain. These images, a narrator tells us in German, would have remained undiscovered if not for the childish curiosity and unconditioned vision of the young girl who noticed the ancient paintings of bison on the cave ceiling.

"In keeping with this idea, the film takes us on a journey toward a final destination of symbolic import. However, what one sees along the way to Altamira is the actual focus of this film. For example, in the countryside of Catholic Spain we see an image which is remarkable for its stark beauty and composition. Here, framed against a backdrop of manicured trees, a child plays at the base of a crucifix in the middle ground while in the foreground cars whiz through a static, fixed camera frame. The whole notion of representation is also underlined as we are carried along on this journey of elliptical panning, cutting, flickering images of people, expressions, colours, textures, flags and sails. All this is cut to a rhythmic soundtrack of music, exotic sounds of laughter, Spanish voices and a radio ambience. Rimmer's consummate talents make this film a unique cinematic experience." - Maria Insell
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Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre
Monday - Thursday / 10:00 - 18:00
(416)  588 - 0725
Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre
Monday - Thursday / 10:00 - 18:00
(416)  588 - 0725