After a devastating earthquake, Nga, an old elephant and probably the last of its species, and Sanra his mahout are about to embark on a journey to find the mythical elephant’s graveyard. A group of poachers follow them closely, while a journey of discovery and mourning starts. The viewer becomes the protagonist on a sonic trip into the cemetery and beyond.

Q&A with filmmaker Carlos Casas

UK premiere of Cemetery presented jointly by BFMAF and Tate Modern

Drawing inspiration from elephant communication, the film presents new ways of using sound as a sensorial bond with the spectator. Through collaboration between sound recording artist Chris Watson, sound engineeer Tony Myatt, and bioacoustician and elephant communication expert Joyce Poole, Cemetery presents revolutionary infrasonic recordings of elephants as well as new sound recordings that highlight the amazingly rich (and still unknown) sonic world of the elephants, and their possible interactions with man.

Winner of multiple awards at its world premiere at FID Marseille, Cemetery is an adventure film that unfolds into an immersive cinematic and auditory experience.

"Carlos Casas steadily digs down beneath the surface of everyday perceptions to offer up an extraordinary and almost mystical experience which is a feast for the eyes and the ears." —Fabian Lemercier, Cineuropa

Carlos Casas

Carlos Casas (1974, Barcelona) is a filmmaker and artist whose practice encompasses film, sound and the visual arts. His films have been screened and awarded in festivals around the world, including Venice Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Buenos Aires International Film Festival, Mexico International Film Festival and FID Marseille. His work has been exhibited and performed in international art institutions and galleries such as Tate Modern (London); Fondation Cartier, Palais de Tokyo and Centre Pompidou (Paris); Hangar Bicocca (Milan); CCCB Barcelona; GAM (Torino); and BOZAR (Brussels).

Filmography

Cemetery (2019), Avalanche (ongoing project, 2009-19), End Trilogy (2002-09), Hunters since the Beginning of Time (2008), Aral. Fishing in an Invisible Sea (with Saodat Ismailova, 2004), Solitude at the End of the World (2002-05), Rocinha (2003), Afterwords (2000)