Aita (Father)

Like his compañeros José Luis Guerín, Pere Portabella, and Mercedes Álvarez, director de Orbe adventurously bridges the boundaries of documentary, fiction, and avant-garde. The subject of AITA is a decaying but beautiful Basque home that de Orbe inherited. The building is tended by an aged caretaker and visited by a priest, schoolchildren, vandals, and various ghosts, including the flickering images of decomposed nitrate films. (Martin Rubin)