Antonio López decides to paint a quince tree he planted some time ago in his garden. The fruit is ripe, Madrid’s October light challenging, and he struggles with the natural elements. Against this backdrop, Victor Erice attempted to “convey the essential nature of cinema and its relationship with time”, by “highlighting the painter’s work as an artist”.
The tone is as simple as the work is complicated. Family, friends and artists visit the painter, who spends a season working on his canvas, in harmony with nature. For Pedro Almodóvar, a fan of the film, “the key emotion it conveys is the way in which Antonio López struggles against the natural elements”. A Cannes Classics selection that the Spanish director welcomes as “recognition of his work as a film-maker”.