A Journey to Eden
Nacho Angulo, Hugo Wirz, Ramon Zuriarrain, Celia Juan de Hatchard, Saana Vuorenmaa
A journey to Eden is a film about two male artists travelling in winter in the famous La Rioja wine-growing region of Northern Spain. One of the men, named Ignacio – a Basque modern music composer living in Finland – is weighed down by traumatic guilt at his daughter’s car accident in Helsinki: she is in a medical coma and will be returned to consciousness in 10 days. The other man, named Comaz – a Swiss painter living in Spain – is suffering from artist’s block; the model for his drawings of hands has announced she no longer wishes to continue. The men go to see religious paintings showing human hands in churches and monasteries and discuss such topics as Dante’s concept of Paradise and the meaning of faith and prayer. They finally end up in the chapel of the renowned Remelluri wine estate at La Rioja Alavesa where in 1993-2000 the Basque painter Vicente Ameztoy created his own visual interpretation of Adam and Eve’s last moment of happiness in Eden. While gazing at the painting, the travellers experience a mental miracle. The travellers understand something new and fundamental about the meaning of forgiveness. This gives them a chance for a better future.