English traslation

Three minutes of sea
Original title (spanish): Tres minutos de mar.
Directed by: Emiliano Penelas.
Sound designer: Gino Gelsi.
Country: Argentina / Uruguay.
Running time: 4 minutes.
Image: Color.
Year: 2010.
Shooting format: HD.
Screening format: DVD / Mini DV / DV Cam / HD.
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (4:3 for screnings)

Three minutes of contemplation.
Sea, beach, people.
Fragmented time.

Eternal return

In Three minutes of sea can be observed an static shot of Montevideo that invites to the contemplation; and to the audio-visual reflection, activating spectator's look and ear.

Three minutes of sea it's an honoring to Abbas Kiarostami's Five, who honours to Yasujiro Ozu.
In this short film, there conjugates two complementary philosophies. One of them, Yasujiro Ozu's oriental Zen, where expresses an exercise of synthesis of essential of the life in movement. This one, it looks for the union of the individual with the universe from the interior towards the exterior or from the exterior to the interior, from the contemplation to reach a unit, in the instant of the 'lighting', inspiring of to do in the art and in the life.

On the other hand, in Three minutes of sea, certain visual and sonorous repetitions, invite to thinking it brings over of the eternal return, philosophical conception of the time postulated in written form, for the first time in west, for the stoicism, which was raising a repetition of the world where this one was becoming extinct to return to create, designs that was taken again later by Friedrich Nietzsche in Thus spoke Zaratustra. In the above mentioned book, the protagonist discovers this vision of the time and remains lost heart by the impression. Zaratustra wakes up after seven days of unconsciousness and his animals they please it saying to him that he is the teacher of the eternal return of the same thing.

Only across the accomplishment of which the "eternal return" includes both the failures and the successes it achieves "awakening" of the state of situation in the one that is, knowing that, though the Man returns to be Monkey, again Zaratustra will appear to preach the Übermensch (superman or supraman), again it will realize what is the "eternal return" and again it will wake up.

The value of the concept of "eternal return" has been so discussed as slightly understood. In general, it's considered only from the chronological point of view, in the sense of repetition of the happened. Rarely it is thought as one of the most powerful concepts of the moral philosophy of all the times: it acts so that a horizon of infinite returns does not intimidate you; it chooses so that if you had to return to live through all your life again, you could do it without dread. Nietzsche, in his theory of the "eternal return", teaches us only a thing: the man will manage to transform in the Übermensch when manages to live without fear.

To achieve the communication with the spectator by a simple and deep way, with a fixed camera, without text, and a work of sonorous goldwork on which an eternal instant stands out..

Emiliano Penelas
Emiliano Penelas was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on July 18, 1977. It's graduated as Cinematographer from the National School of Cinema (ENERC) of the National Institute (INCAA) of Argentina.

He was Director of Photography of the full-lenght films "Alfredo Li Gotti, una pasión cinéfila" ("Alfredo Li Gotti, a movie fan passion", 2010, directed by Roberto Ángel Gómez); “Huellas y memoria de Jorge Prelorán” ("Traces and memories of Jorge Prelorán", 2009, directed by Fermín Rivera); "El Almafuerte" (2009, directed by Juan Andrés Martínez Cantó, Roberto Persano and Santiago Nacif); “Furtivo” ("A quick glance", 2007, directed by Nicolás Tannchen); and “Pepe Núñez; luthier” (2004, directed by Fermín Rivera).

He worked as cinematographer in the short films "Sinsabor" ("Bittersweet", 2009, directed by Pablo G. Pérez - San Luis Cine prize); "Olimpíadas" ("Olympic games", 2009, directed by Magalí Bayón - from the feature film "Short stories 5"); "Sacramento" (2008, directed by Nicolás L. Tannchen); and “Lo llevo en la sangre” ("On my blood", 2004, directed by Pablo G. Pérez - from the feature film “Short stories IV”).

He codirected, as member of the "May 1st Documentary Group", the full-length documentary “Matanza”, together with Nicolás Batlle, Rubén Delgado and Fernando Menéndez.

He directed the experimental short films "Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Buenos Aires" (2006) and "Paseo" ("Walk", 2009). 

Gino Gelsi
Gino Gelsi was born in San Antonio de Padua, Buenos Aires province, on August 18th, 1976. Since he was a child, he was denoting an inclination towards the creative processes that demonstrate in the construction of Objects.

Finished the secondary studies, he was fascinated by the vintage electronic equipments, and he begins studies of Engineering in Electronics.

He was Sound Designer of the full-lenght films "Alfredo Li Gotti, una pasión cinéfila" ("Alfredo Li Gotti, a movie fan passion", 2010, directed by Roberto Ángel Gómez - in postproduction); “Huellas y memoria de Jorge Prelorán” ("Traces and memories of Jorge Prelorán", 2009, directed by Fermín Rivera); and “Furtivo” ("A quick glance", 2007, directed by Nicolás Tannchen).

And the short films "Altagracia" (2009, directed by Nicolás Tannchen); "El retrato de la peste" ("The portrait of the pest", 2009, directed by Lucila Las Heras); "Sinsabor" ("Bittersweet", 2009, directed by Pablo G. Pérez - San Luis Cine prize); "Sacramento" (2008, directed by Nicolás L. Tannchen); and “Lo llevo en la sangre” ("On my blood", 2004, directed by Pablo G. Pérez - from the feature film “Short stories IV”).

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25º Mar del Plata International Film Fest - Official selection "Argentine short-film competition", Argentina, november 2010.
8º Piriápolis de Película Film Fest - Official selection "Short film competition". Piriápolis, Uruguay, august 2011.

Emiliano Penelas emiliano451@hotmail.com