BEIJING – The cast of “The Beginning of Time” (“El comienzo del tiempo”), the latest film by Mexican director Bernardo Arellano, turned out on the red carpet at the Beijing International Film Festival on Sunday.
The film, which discusses the cycles of life and daily problems, is one of the 15 works aspiring for Tiantan (Temple of Heaven) awards at the 5th edition of the festival that began Friday and will conclude on Tuesday, April 21, in the Chinese capital.
In remarks to Efe, Arellano emphasized that the plot of the film focuses on issues such as love, fear of death, life, work, the legacy left by adults to children and, above all, family, “the basis of the social structure that compels us to transform difficult processes.”
“In making this film, we confronted these issues and resolved them,” said the moviemaker after admitting that “I have a great unease about the cycles of life,” especially in the face of two facts that occurred during the filming: the death of his grandmother and the birth of his son.
The feature film tells the story of Antonio and Bertha, an elderly couple about 90 years old who suddenly find themselves deprived of their pensions in the social and financial crisis that erupts in the country.
The couple, without family to support them, find themselves forced to steal and to sell their belongings to get by, until their son Jonas and their grandson Paco, who have been absent from their lives for more than 10 years, show up once again unexpectedly.
“The Beginning of Time,” along with Colombia’s “El silencio del rio,” are the only Spanish-language films competing in Beijing and were selected from more than 1,000 entries from 90 countries received by the Chinese festival.