European Film Award winner “10,000 KM” contains bitter, relatable truths about love gone sour in the modern world. It opens with an impressively staged single take that manages to convey the entire universe of a longterm relationship in just 23 minutes. We meet Alex (Natalia Tena) and Sergi (David Verdaguer), a millennial couple in Barcelona whose relationship is tested when Alex takes a photography job in Los Angeles.
The rest of this subtly melancholic, modern romance spans a year of Alex and Sergi nobly attempting to sustain a long-distance relationship across several continents and an ocean. Marques-Marcet, who shot his film on a Red Epic camera for a dime, interweaves Skype video chats, text messages and fraught phone calls that increasingly reflect a relationship going sour. These technologies, even as they try to recreate a sense of human closeness on flat screens, complicate rather than assuage mounting distrust, suspicions and alienations of affection.
Broad Green Pictures releases “10,000 KM,” a SXSW 2014 premiere, in select cities on July 10.