Veiroj’s most recent feature film balances comedy, fantasy and drama to illustrate the crisis of a young man struggling to become an adult in the face of a social landscape strewn with outmoded ideas and oppressive institutions. The film’s protagonist, a young Spaniard named Gonzalo, is an apostate in the most literal sense, as he devotes considerable time and energy to having his name removed from the baptismal records of a church that means nothing to him. This struggle, however, is clearly a cover for Gonzalo’s real crisis: an encroaching adulthood that will require him to clarify not his standing with the Church but his relations with his family and neighbors. The film’s combination of subtle, witty critique and sometimes-otherworldly flights of fancy is reminiscent, and worthy, of Buñuel.
Deo's Orders (Lo que Deo manda)Directed by Federico Veiroj & Damien Huyghe.
US/Uruguay, 2001, DCP, color, 10 min.
Spanish with English subtitles.
DCP source: Viennale