Part of SFFILM Festival
The Hidden City
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States
Director Victor Moreno is expected to attend 4/19 and 4/21 screenings.
Prepare to journey underground, where darkness drapes the screen and only slivers of light from machines and headlamps lead the way. Cavernous, damp, and mesmerizing, Victor Moreno’s The Hidden City observes a world being built underneath Madrid’s feet, one that immerses the viewer in blackness, where the only interactions are between the powerful machines that are working their way through dense rock, builders working in complete solitude, and the creatures that dare to venture that far underneath the surface.
“The documentary duly delivers on all counts — and it’s compelling. Leisurely but never demanding apart from its sheer, inevitable claustrophobia and occasional striking grotesqueness, visually choreographed to within an inch of its life, Hidden City — a mood piece that’s as much an experience as a movie — has the rare and impressive virtue of slightly rearranging our perspective as we emerge afterwards, blinking.” – Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter
A native of Tenerife in Spain’s Canary Islands, Victor Moreno studied film and philosophy at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. He made his feature debut in 2010 with the documentary Holidays. Among his other films are The Building (2012) and The Stone (2013). Says Moreno of his inspiration for The Hidden City, “I really like crossing the thresholds of places and asking myself, ‘What’s behind here?’ I love seeing the blackness through the windows when I’m on the Underground, and going beyond the day-to-day; my attention is really drawn to those spaces…I am interested in going into places where perhaps I haven’t ventured before.”
Language Spanish, French, English
Premiere North American
Director Víctor Moreno
Producer José A. Alayón, Eva Chillón, Dirk Manthey
Editor Samuel M. Delgado, Víctor Moreno
Cinematographer José A. Alayón
Music Asmus Tietchens, Juan Carlos Blancas
Original Language Title La ciudad oculta