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In 1990, Víctor Erice filmed Antonio López while he painted a quince tree in the garden of his Madrid studio. In his quest for realism, the artist was working against time. The fruits that his brushstrokes captured on canvas reflect the light of successive seasons, but also grew day by day bending the branches under their weight.
The film itself is an artistic exercise that attempts to capture another: the one conducted by the painter in his struggle against the elements to truthfully represent what he sees and feels at the sight of that quince tree.
A 4K digitization was carried out in 2017 under the supervision of the director himself, and in which a few changes to the original cut were done bringing a new version of the film 5 minutes shorter.
“López paints, draws, fights against the shape of a tree. Erice stands behind and waits. A work as sincere as it is simple that places the cinema on the grounds only traveled by some masters.”
Festival & Awards winner: Palme d’Or Nominee and Winner of the Jury and FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes Film Festival 1992, Gold Hugo – Best Movie at Chicago International Film Festival 1992