WRITTEN BY: Leon Siminiana
DIRECTED BY: Leon Siminiana
STARRING: Leon Siminiana
RATING: 2.5 stars
Part love story and part self-discovery tale, Mapa is a documentary film about Spanish director Leon Siminiana, who has a broken heart and has lost his television job. Inspired by his friend Luna, Siminiana decides to go to India, with the hope of finding the inspiration he needs to make a feature film. When he gets there, he is confronted with the harsh realities of life in India and relies on the music on his iPod to drown out the hustle and bustle. After just six weeks in India, he becomes lonely and obsesses about finding a woman to travel with him. He returns to Madrid where his real story is waiting for him to share.
The film only runs for 85 minutes, but it feels longer. Although he uses just a camcorder to record his travels, there is some beautiful cinematography. Siminiana also uses comedy to lighten the mood, but there are still a lot of confronting and sad scenes in Mapa.
The Spanish Film Festival is on now in Perth.