LOVE ME NOT

Lluís Miñarro

Spain, Mexico 83 min. min Catalan premiere Fiction

Synopsis

This titillating, stylised film version of the Biblical story of John the Baptist and Salomé largely takes place in an army camp in the desert, against the background of a contemporary war. Salomé (Ingrid García-Jonsson) is the daughter of the corrupt commander and his adulterous wife; the prophet is locked up in a cave because of his subversive predictions. Just as in Oscar Wilde’s interpretation, Salomé is obsessed by the prisoner (and all the men in the camp by her). The film shows the universal absurdity of politics, violence and the whole gamut of human emotions behind them: lust, greed and pride. The beauty of the landscape and sensually filmed bodies contrast with the coarse cruelty of war and the shameless opportunism of the characters. The world has become a place where there’s no room for purity and truth. A stimulating mixture of mythology and modernity, dream and reality, humour and cynicism.

Themes

Catalan CinemaSex

Director

Lluís Miñarro

(Barcelona, 1949) He founded Cine Club Arts in Barcelona at the age of 18. Since then, he has worked as a presenter, critic and writer, but above all is a renowned producer of independent films such as Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010), Tiger Award winner Finisterrae (Sergio Caballero, 2011) and films by Manoel De Oliveira and Lisandro Alonso. He has been honoured with retrospectives in Paris, Cali, Montevideo and Tangier. In 2010 he received the ‘Ciutat de Barcelona’ distinction for his commitment to the arts.

Filmography: Love Me Not (2019), Stella Cadente (2014, D’A 2014), Blow Horn (2009), Familystrip (2009)

Lluís Miñarro

Film information

Director: Lluís Miñarro
Script: Lluís Miñarro, Sergi Belbel
Contact: Eddie Saeta
With: Ingrid García-Jonsson, Francesc Orella, Lola Dueñas, Luis Alberti, Fausto Alzati, Oliver Laxe, Hugo Catalán, Gabriel Ventura, Lu Colomina, Nicolás Palazzolo
Country: Spain, Mexico
Year: 2019
Format: DCP
Length: 83 min. min
Language: Spanish, Catalan, English, French
Subtitles: Spanish
Edition: 2019