The Final Stretch

The Final Stretch

The Final Stretch

2014, Spain, 58', Oscar Pérez

2014, Spain, 58', Oscar Pérez

The Final Stretch

Synopsis

The Final Stretch is the story of a community paralysed by unemployment and immersed in its own Grande Bouffe in a place, on the delta of the Ebro river where the land is disappearing each year, swallowed up by the sea.

A group of well-built rural workers construct, with their own hands, the enclosure where family and friends gather every summer during the annual town fiesta mayor to celebrate without limits the most abundant feasts of the season.

Autumn is harvest time but also the time of storms. Marcela and Cinta, two sisters who own a small restaurant and the land along the coastline, prepare themselves to undergo the onslaught of the sea which eats away at their land year after year.

During the winter full-moon nights, the hunters on the delta go out with their guns ready to claim their link in the food chain. Paradoxically, the shorter and less successful the hunt, the more generous and prolonged the meals that accompany them.

A new summer is on the horizon and the recession continues to wreak havoc on the area. Manolo lost his job over two years ago. His physical activity has been reduced to a token minimum but his enormous appetite remains intact. Currently he weighs around 140 kilos.

A journey along the final stretch of the river, an area submerged in an overall crisis –economic, social and environmental–, the reflection of a society abandoned to excesses and gradually devouring itself.

IDFA Amsterdam- Mid-Length Competition 2014, Zagreb DOX 2014, Milenium Int. Doc. FF Brussels 2015, Docs Barcelona, 18 Festival de Malaga - Cine Espanol - Best Director award, FESTIVAL CINEMATOGRÁFICO INTERNACIONAL DEL URUGUAY Montevideo 2015, Ekotopfilm Bratislava 2015