Dies D'Agost

August Days
by Marc Recha
Country: Spain
Year: 2006
Duration: 93'

During a summer heat wave in Spain, Marc, exhausted and overwhelmed by the research he is conducting into memories of a dead friend (a character inspired by the militant Catalan journalist Ramón Barnils), telephones his brother, David, to seek a little comfort. The latter suggests they go off in a van, with no particular destination in mind. Driving through contrasting landscapes, punctuated with desolate fields, scorched forests with undergrowths, rivers with uninviting shores, and those with placid waters, they keep pushing further south, but Marc cannot clear his mind of work.

“Marc is interested in the years before the fascist dictatorship, years of wellbeing, in particular for the working class of Catalonia. The inhabitants had an opportunity to live a different life. It was the period of industrialization. The victory of the fascist military brought an end to this mild and promising era. The initial idea was to shoot an educational film that mixed elements of real life with fictional elements. The film also became a wandering journey between fiction and reality.” (M. Recha)


film director

Marc Recha

Marc Recha (Barcelona, 1970) lived in his city until the age of 17, when he was awarded a foreign scholarship by the Culture Department of the Catalan government. He went to Paris when he was 18 and worked on the film Otage (1989) by Marcel Hanoun. As a self-taught director and screenwriter, he realized some shorts and in 2001 he debuted with feature length Pau i el seu germà, selected in Cannes as the following Les Mains vides (2003). Dies d’agost was in competition at the Locarno Film Festival.


Transició (cm, 1987), El darrer instant (cm, 1988), El zelador (cm, 1989), La Maglana (cm, 1991), El cielo sube (1991), És tard (cm, 1993), L’escampavies (cm, 1997), L’arbre de les cireres (cm, 1998), Sobre el pas de dues persones uns anys més tard (cm, 2001), Pau i el seu germà (2001), Les Mains vides (2003), Dies d’agost (2006)