by Diane Farina
¡Viva el Cine!, a program at the 37th Mill Valley Film Festival showed a selection of ten films, which were featured from Latin America and Spain. The film Stockholm was directed, produced, and written by Rodrigo Sorogoyen, and was a highlight of the festival. Sorogoyen was present during both viewings of the film and provided a Q & A session with the audience following his film. Sorogoyen mentioned Stockholm as an “unusual film” that was created on a low-budget. Sorogoyen casted his real-life roommate, Javier Pereira, as one of the main characters. Filmed in only 12 days, Sorogoyen portrays the typical scenario of how a young male and young female would meet at a party, interact throughout the night, and the following morning.
Right off the bat, Él (Pereira) meets Aura Garrido who played Ella, and confessed his love to her. Not interested in the slightest, Ella rejected him, but Él continued to attempt to win her over. Walking together in the dark streets of Madrid, Spain, their back and forth conversations were shot with close up camera angles along with a score of classical music. Él ultimately surprised Ella and the two ending up at his doorstep and ascended the stairs to his apartment together.
The second half of the movie takes a cinematic turn. The next morning Ella wakes up in his bed. The white walls of his bedroom combined with overexposed lighting created a weightless, airy feel. The director uses wider camera angles and precisely no music at all in this portion of the film. One viewer, Kayla Cabrales, states, “It was really moving.” This San Rafael local would absolutely recommend Stockholm to her family and friends.
“You can’t help but compare it to the Ethan Hawke movie, Before Sunrise,” says Carlos Cabrales, another moviegoer, “but Rodrigo Sorogoyen puts a grand twist on it, and it ends quiet differently.”
Ending in a rather bold way, Cabrales says, “I thought the ending was breathtaking. It took me a minute to catch my breath.”