(Fernanda Romandía, Mexico, 2016, 72 min. In Spanish with English subtitles)
The building site of Casa Wabi, a house and arts center designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando among the beaches of Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, serves as the setting for the story of 7-year-old Coral, who visits the construction site every day after school to spend time with his godfather Diego. In addition to working on the construction crew, Diego is the leader of a musical group, and is addicted to his cellphone. One day, Coral meets Oriente, a carpenter and aspiring poet who dreams of seeing his faraway family again. Growing attached to his new friend, Coral decides he wants Oriente to become a second godfather to him. With exquisite camerawork by Pedro González-Rubio (Alamar) and co-produced by New York-based Mexican artist Bosco Sodi and Carlos Reygadas’s Mantarraya film production company, Pacífico is a calm and serene fictional debut, skillfully disguised as a documentary.
“A quiet and modest charmer…small is beautiful in Fernanda Romandía’s docu-fiction hybrid Pacífico, which uses the world’s largest geographical feature as backdrop for a delicate wisp of a sun-kissed, seaside tale.” –Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter