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Author: Paco Ruiz

About the poster

The poster, created by filmmaker Paco Ruiz, focuses on constructing the face of a woman from the deconstruction of different female figures, it is a “Frankenstian” woman. Although it is almost impossible to know how many victims there were, it is documented that around more than one hundred thousand women were accused and murdered for witchcraft in Europe between the 15th and 18th centuries. Based on the leitmotiv of this edition “Witches”, the poster is a direct tribute to all of them. The technique used is collage from the creation of photographs, digital retouching and image creation with Artificial Intelligence. That is, the visible faces that appear on the poster are not real women. The AI in turn works by generating millions of images to create a single one. And it is, in turn, the same construction concept used in the poster. AI is here to stay and is an efficient and very useful tool on a creative level. This time it has been decided to include the leitmotif indirectly since it is not used as such, but rather the word “Bruixes” (Witches, in catalan language) is introduced as an accusation.

About the author:

Paco Ruiz. Filmmaker and professor of cinematographic language. Graduated from ESCAC in the specialty of Direction of Photography. His work now focuses on directing, he has made around twenty short films and documentaries. He is director of spots for Vodafone or the Generalitat, among others. He was a candidate for the Goya with his short film “María”, awarded at various national and international festivals, of which he is developing the feature film. He is interested in photography, design and illustration. Actualmente, combina esta pasión con la docencia en varias escuelas de cine.


Director’s words:

Through references such as “Midsommar” by Ari Aster or the work of Robert Eggers, I based it on creating a witch dance in a natural environment in full sun. They invoke the devil from the light and not from the shadows as we are used to, they transform and free themselves. The intention was to be able to play with that visual beauty that the journey of the sun gives us until its fall, with the delicate movements of the female figure and a more disturbing and disturbing atmosphere through music.
It has been a direct collaboration with Judit Camats and Mar Ollé from the Pas a Pas de Molins de Rei dance school. Where they have created an excellent choreography focused on witchcraft with the participation of 19 dancers. The original music is by the composer Joan Vilà, a true professional and with direct references to Mark Korven. Surrounding yourself with so many professionals makes this work worthwhile, enjoyable and we can enjoy pieces like this.
Director: Paco Ruiz
Producer: Roger Sàbat
Choreographic direction: Judit Camats i Mar Ollé
Direction of photography: Jordi Manchado
Original music: Joan Vilà
Assist direction: Joan Vives
Makeup and hairdressing: Susi Rodríguez
Costume Design: Paula Arévalo
Assist camera: Adela Montolí Llorens
Aux. camera: Laia Gil Vendrell
Sound design: Eloy Rodríguez
– Voice over Witches: Alba Rigol
Editor: Alfredo Ruiz
Supervisor VFX: Bernat Fontanals
Colorist: Jordi Bransuela
Color lab: ESCAC
Camera equipment: Juan Lozano

Ajuntament de Molins de Rei
Produced by TerrorMolins
Filmed in Molins de Rei in September 2023