“Friends on a country road”, an Argentine film impregnated with poetry

Girlfriends on a country road is a “little fantasy about friendship”, a poetic journey of two women who talk, challenge each other, remember a dead friend, while looking for a meteorite that has fallen near their houses, located in the beautiful landscapes of the door of the Patagonia.

Eva Bianco and Anabella Bacigalupo star in a film that had a “joyful and strange” shoot, its director, the Argentine Santiago Loza, explains to Efe, who presents it this Tuesday at the San Sebastián Festival (northern Spain), within the Zabaltegui section -Tabakalera, along with the two actresses.

The poetry of Roberta Iannamico is very present in the film, and in fact it is the subject that the director and screenwriter wanted to deal with at the beginning, near the place where the poet lives, a country landscape of great “emotional charge”, in a autumn twilight atmosphere that accompanies the conversations and silences of the two women.

say without saying

“We were walking with the camera in the distance and we felt that the poetic was passing through us,” says Eva Bianco, winner of the Best Female Performance award in the Un Certain Regard section of the French Cannes Film Festival for The lipsco-directed by Loza and Iván Fund in 2010.

It is an idea that she shares with Anabella Bacigalupo (actress of Death in Buenos Aires), for whom one of the characteristics of the film is that “that human germ of speaking, completing and saying does not appear, saying appears in another way, as through the landscape”.

According to Bianco, “it is very beautiful as an actress to let yourself flow and go through a character”, and that also helped her “build those silences”, also interspersed with poetic readings.

Their conversations about a third friend who has died, the concern of one of them for her relationship with the daughter who has gone to visit her (played by Jazmín Carballo), are expressed with the right words, with a synthetic language.

The fall of the meteorite that they go out to look for along a path where they meet other seekers is a “pretext for an extraordinary trip”, in which there are also farewells, promises and the emotional possibility of telling others that they are going to miss.

“For me we were Eva and Anabella being there, letting ourselves go through the text and the poetic proposal of Santiago. It was to calm down, to be and it would pass… ”, describes Bacigalupo about his performance in a small and experimental filming environment.

The female part of the director

80 percent of it is shot outdoors, since it was made “in a strange time”, just after the Covid pandemic, when there was still a lot of fear of contagion, and after many months of being locked up, says the director, what that also transmits an emotional state of liberation and calm to the viewer.

For that shoot, he needed an “accomplice” team that also generated that state of poetic grace. On the reasons why he writes and shoots with women, he assures that he feels more comfortable when he assumes the feminine part of him.

“It seemed to me that it appeared naturally, and I am more convinced by actresses than by actors,” he says. Additionally, both Bianco and Bacigalupo are “two actress friends” with whom Loza wanted to work.

Loza (Córdoba, Argentina. 1971) is a playwright, filmmaker and writer who has directed, among others, the feature films Fissure (2002), Arctic (2008), Weird (2003), winner of the Tiger Award in Rotterdam (The Netherlands), and The invention of meat (2009).

Marina Estevez Torreblanca

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