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Blow!

Blow!

Neus Ballús
Spain
2023
14 min
World Premiere
IDFA Competition for Short Documentary
Synopsis

We know whales communicate with each other by “singing,” but what do they sound like exactly? Mar is a young woman who dreams of hearing their songs for herself and recording them. She decides to join a scientific team in the Mediterranean that's conducting research into these mysterious sea mammals.

Catalonian director Neus Ballús makes films that straddle the line between fiction and documentary. She garnered great praise with her short film Immersio, which takes place entirely beneath the surface of a swimming pool. In Blow! the camera mostly stays above the water, as does the microphone recording the noisy sounds of life on the deck. ​When we do finally dive into the sea with Mar, the experience is overwhelming and totally immersive.

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Credits
14 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: Catalan, Spanish, English
Director
    Neus Ballús
    Neus Ballús
Production
    Neus Ballús for El Kinògraf,
    Miriam Porté for Distinto Films
    Neus Ballús for El Kinògraf,
    Miriam Porté for Distinto Films
Executive producer
    Gerard Maginedas for Distinto Films,
    Pau Subirós for El Kinògraf
    Gerard Maginedas for Distinto Films,
    Pau Subirós for El Kinògraf
Cinematography
    Anna Molins
    Anna Molins
Editing
    Neus Ballús,
    Tomás Longato
    Neus Ballús,
    Tomás Longato
Sound
    Amanda Villavieja
    Amanda Villavieja
Sound Design
    Aroa Munuera,
    Albert Manera
    Aroa Munuera,
    Albert Manera
Music
    René-Marc Bini
    René-Marc Bini
Screenplay
    Neus Ballús
    Neus Ballús
World Sales
    Marvin&Wayne - Short Films
    Marvin&Wayne - Short Films
Screening copy
    Marvin&Wayne - Short Films
    Marvin&Wayne - Short Films

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