Sadaels’ film for Paris Fashion Week unites disparate elements with elegance, flare and a heavenly outcome.
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What does an Argentine tap dance, fashion models playing bocce ball in a dusty chapel and some chickens have in common?
Not a whole lot really, but – fittingly – this short film directed by Hernán Corera ends up like a fabulous costume, comprised of contrary patterns and texture, that hangs together very well.
Produced by Mamá Húngara, Argentinacine, Stink and Juvanal, the film, titled Paraiso (Paradise), was created by Corera, with Martín Holzman and Juan Daels, for the fashion brand Sadaels’ AW 2021/22 launch at Paris Fashion Week.
Shot in an abandoned chapel in the tourist town of Pardo, near Buenos Aires, the film boasts ravishing cinematography redolent of renaissance masterpieces and is inspired by creole surrealism.
It follows the story of a women’s bocce ball match attended by mysterious visitors, such as Fabian Serna, a champion performer of malambo – the traditional Argentine dance based on the fandango. Just as the game is hotting up, players and spectators are distracted by a heavenly chanting and are lured out to a golden field to witness some celestial lute playing and a Spanish folk song performed by musicians Virginia Correa Dupuy and Vida Spinetta.
Though slightly incomprehensible, the film is mesmerising and leads the viewer on a varied and fascinating journey. It’s the second collaboration between Corera and Sadaels, the first being the tale of lost love, Un Amor Verdadero.