Mara Mara

A silent scream. Snow over the black night.
Two women share their last moments together in a remote house in the mountains.
Without words, they accompany each other whilst the sound of thawing snow advances.

A Zazpi T’erdi & Filmotive production
With the support of the Basque Government

Genre: Experimental
Format: 2K 2.35:1
Sound: Stereo
Running time: 41min
Year: 2016
Language: Basque
Subtitles: Spanish, French, English
Screening format: DCP
Filming locations: Val d’Azun. Pirineos. Francia.

Cast: Josune Gorostegui y Laura López

Script and direction: David Aguilar
Assistant director: Ima Paralux
Cinematography: David Aguilar & Pello Gutiérrez
Additional images: Ima Paralux & Tzesne
Line producer: Iñaki Sagastume
Art crew: Rebecca Wilkinson & Oier Villar
Sound design: Tzesne
Sound recodists: Tzesne & Oier Villar
Editing: David Aguilar
Zazpi T’erdi producer: Pello Gutiérrez
Filmotive producer: Iñaki Sagastume.
Song: Ibon RG & Tzesne
Cooking: Aines Arizmendi
Poster: Loli Cabral


Best Cinematography 46º ALCINE. Madrid.


-64º Festival Internacional de Cine de San Sebastián. Zinemira Section. September 2016

-5º NO/GLOSS FF. Leeds Independent Film Festival. UK. October 2016

-3º Intermediaciones. Festival de videoarte y video experimental. Medellín. Colombia. October 2016

-46º ALCINE. Festival de Cine de Alcalá de Henares. Madrid. October 2016. Best Cinematography.

-5º Zinegin. Hazparne. November 2016

-1º Filmette. New York. USA. 2016

-14º Zinegoak. Festival Internacional de Cine LGBT de Bilbao. Basque Country 2017

-12º M.U.F.F. Festival des Films Underground de Montreal. Quebec. Canada

Our death could been seen as just one more way, but can also be recognised as very special and different because it breaks through the relatively consistent beliefs of the past.

Mara Mara, in Basque, is the sound produced by the snow touching the ground. Light and darkness crosses among this film shot during a snowstorm in the Pyrenees. The environment and emotions in Mara Mara are among life and death. It is a reflexion on our society, a community where this view on death is to move away from it, put it off, and consequently, a place which is impossible to represent.

The personal style of David Aguilar’s cinema can be seen in Mara Mara, sensorial and impulsive, far from big production cinema. This liberty of movement seen in his films gives an intimate experience to the spectator. Stories where reality and fiction bind together to form something new, textural film and sound.