Berlinale: Programme

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El teatro de la desaparición

The Theatre of Disappearance

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The first part is like a postcard from a realm almost too surreal to be true, a study of daily life in the demilitarised zone between North and South Korea flecked with such unusual details that not all of them can be real. The second part manipulates time, a wordless portrait of clay vessels being produced in Morocco that slows down and speeds up without warning, imbuing unspectacular actions with detachment and wonder. The third part distorts space, a hand camera tour that moves through apparently connected locations as if carrying out a single movement, although these industrial facilities, cityscapes, meadows and exhibition spaces are not side by side but scattered across the globe. Each part looks different from the others, but the interests are the same: to probe the earth and bring its riches to the surface, to catalogue the fragments of beauty and tension carried up with the soil, to show that how and what you see are one and the same. If all the world’s a stage, then these are its actors: spiders, falling rocks, massage appliances, digging machines, exposed concrete, pigs snout to snout; there’s no leading role in the theatre of disappearance.

Adrián Villar Rojas

Argentina 2017

Spanish, Korean

Documentary form
120 min · Colour


Written and directed by
Adrián Villar Rojas
Director of Photography
Adrián Villar Rojas, Mario Caporali
Andrea Kleinman, Iara Rodríguez Vilardebó, Julia Straface
Sound Design
Lena Esquenazi
Production Design
Vanina Scolavino
Benjamin Domenech, Rei Cine, Santiago Gallelli, Rei Cine, Matías Roveda, Rei Cine, Noelia Ferretti, AVR, Guillermina Borgognone, AVR, Hyejin Kim, AVR, Sunjung Kim, Real DMZ Project Committee, Korea


Adrián Villar Rojas

Born in 1980 in Rosario, Argentina. He studied Fine Arts. Adrián Villar Rojas is an artist and filmmaker whose works have been exhibited internationally. He also works as a curator.


2013 Lo que el fuego me trajo (What Fire Brought to Me); 43 min. 2017 El teatro de la desaparición (The Theatre of Disappearance)

Produced by

Rei Cine
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Rosario, Argentina

Real DMZ Project Committee, Korea
Seoul, Republic of Korea