Lejos de los árboles

Far from the Trees
by Jacinto Esteva Grewe
Country: Spain
Year: 1963
Duration: 100'

An Impressionistic voyage through an unknown and forgotten Spain, far from tourist itineraries and political proclamations. In a lyrical style that only partly softens the film’s social critique, Esteva Grewe concentrates on the poverty of the people and the persistence of ancient superstitions in the countryside, all in strong contrast to the image of progress and modernity that Franco’s regime promoted during the 1960s. The filming was postponed for 7 years before it was completed, was then heavily censured. The film seems an ideal sequel to Tierra sin Pan, the documentary filmed by Buñuel in the Las Hurdes region in 1931.

“I like to remember the last time Jacinto Esteva Grewe and I met up. It was in 1969, at ‘Alfredo’ in Santa Maria in Trastevere, and together we watched with astonishment how fast the hands of the church clock in front of us were moving. It was a hallucinatory experience: time had gone crazy, it was being chased by itself!” (J. Jordá)


film director

Jacinto Esteva Grewe

Jacinto Esteva Grewe (Barcelona, 1936-1985) studied at the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy of Barcelona. He later studied architecture in Geneva, where in 1960 he and Paolo Brunato shot the short film Notes sur l’émigration, dedicated to Spanish immigrants. Only in 1965 did he decide to devote himself fulltime to cinema, founding the production house Filmscontacto, with which he produced many of the films of the School of Barcelona. He was a driving force behind this movement; he and Joaquín Jordá made its manifesto film, Dante no es únicamente severo (1967).


Notes sur l’émigration (1960), Alrededor de las salinas (1962), Dante no es únicamente severo (co-regia/co-director Joaquín Jorda 1967) Después del diluvio (1968), Lejos de los árboles (1970), Metamorfosis (1971), El hijo de María (1972)