A long distance relationship is put to the test in the first official US trailer for Carlos Marques-Marcet’s seemingly breathtaking feature directorial debut, “10,000 KM.” The film stars Natalia Tena as Alex and David Verdaguer as Sergi, a Spanish couple whose relationship is tried when Alex moves to Los Angeles for an artistic residency. With Sergi staying behind in Barcelona, their interactions are relegated to the digital realm — Facebook, Skype, and email.
Set to “Nothing Matters When We’re Dancing” by The Magnetic Fields, the trailer looks incredible. A modern romance for the modern, electronic age, “10,000 KM” has already been the recipient of high critical praise, including that from our own Nikola Grozdanovic who summed it up as, “Two actors. Two locations. Two laptops. One bittersweet movie.”
Recalling, vaguely, Spike Jonze’s “Her,” the film follows the love story between two people separated by a digital wall. Only, in this case, there’s no AI. Both parties are real people, people whose dedication to and feelings toward one another are tested by 10,000 km (roughly 6,200 miles) of separation. And in an increasingly digital world, more and more couples can relate to the setup, too. Who hasn’t had to travel for work or for school or any number of other myriad reasons, only to be forced into leaving a loved one behind? Skype and Facebook and email and messaging tools and cell phones all collude to make the distance more bearable, but such separations are rarely easy — as the film suggests.
Marques-Marcet may very well prove to be a filmmaker to watch after “10,000 KM” hits theaters. Credited with directing six shorts since 2010, four of which he’s written, he’s probably most notable (for now) for editing Eliza Hittman’s moving 2013 film, “It Felt Like Love.” But, given the trailer below, it’s quite likely that amazing things are in store for Marques-Marcet and his future filmography.
“10,000 Km” is set for limited release July 10. Watch the trailer below.