A girl holds a sword in her hands. Attentive to a mystery that attracts her, but that she cannot understand, she contemplates with curious innocence the metallic blade, in which she can see its slightly distorted reflection. Her eyes run through the metal from one side to the other, not looking for explanations, exploring the unknown. The image, which is part of Laguna negra (2020), work of the young Peruvian director Felipe Esparza, condenses the formal and thematic proposal of his short film.
His work carefully observes the strength of the landscape that nests in the Andes, enters a sensitive experience where nature is presented as a sacred space that challenges our being and ausculpates the complexity of syncretism where shamans and healers invoke God in the Andean mist.
Esparza's eye is meticulous in presenting the space that the characters inhabit and walk through. His care for the sound of nature and the power of the word complement his respect for this sacred environment, where celebrations and rituals are not something exotic, but extremely close and sensitive.