An old abandoned factory with a large industrial warehouse. An orange strip, glued to the floor, splits the area in half. On the right, a sculpture atelier; on the left, a dance studio. The factory also includes a small living area for the two resident artists. The division of this space is the driving force behind Pendular’s narrative.
Initially, the two characters get along fine: He, a sculptor, She, a contemporary dancer. But then, little by little, he begins to encroach into Her area with his sculptures. One day, he notices a steel cable connected to one of the warehouse girders that leads out through the door of their space into the street. Outside, she sees the cable stretching over to a nearby lamp post, and then to another and another, seeming to trace a path through the city. Meanwhile, an urge to have a child begins to grow in Him.
The characters of the film love each other without knowing anything about each other’s past. But, as the narrative advances, their pasts rise to the surface, giving them no other choice but to face them. Pendular is based on those things which are deliberately not said: two characters who want to be together despite the constant feeling of reaching a dead end.
Berlin International Film Festival 2017, Panorama
Key festivals and awards
FIPRESCI Prize, Berlin International Film Festival 2017; Seattle International Film Festival 2017; Taipei International Film Festival 2017; Festival du Nouveau Cinéma Montréal 2017; AFI (American Film Institute) Fest 2017
Director: Julia Murat
Producers: Esquina (Brazil), Julia Solomonoff & Felicitas Raffo, (Argentina), Still Moving (France)
European WCF Partner: Still Moving (France)
World sales: tbc
Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2015
Funding amount: 20.000 €