Video —

Cercanos y Extraños ('Familiar but Strangers') Short Film


Award winning short film

Julián travels from A Coruña to a small town, in an abandoned place, where his brother-in-law Martín, a hypochondriac Galician, has decided to live as a hermit to stay safe from COVID-19. What Martín does not know is that the pandemic has been overcome.



Year
2020
Client
Sierra Madre Films
Genre
Drama
Keywords
Spanish Film, Film Soundtracks, Coronavirus, Covid 19, 2020 lockdown, Alber Ponte, Movie score

In the Spring and Summer of 2020, while under confinement in Spain due the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, Alber Ponte set to work on several short films, collaborating with Jorge De Lellis each time for music composition and audio post-production. As Jorge set to work on the third movie, a surprise mission emerged.

Alber’s script for ‘Familiar but Strangers’ was selected as a finalist for the VIII Short Film Competition “Navarra Tierra de Cine” in Navarra-Spain. With just a few short weeks to film and present the project, Alber asked Jorge to pause work on the third short-film soundtrack (‘El Camino Trazado’), to focus on composing the score for their next artistic adventure, ‘Cercanos y Extraños’  (‘Familiar but Strangers’).

The music score needed to reflect the journey of the two protagonists, Martín and his brother-in-law, Julián. Julián travels from A Coruña to a small town, in an abandoned place, where his brother-in-law Martín, a hypochondriac Galician, has decided to live as a hermit to stay safe from COVID-19.

What Martín does not know is that the pandemic has been overcome.

Jorge set to work, creating a beautifully orchestrated, emotionally resonant score. Working with Spanish guitar and strings, Jorge perfectly encapsulates the intimacy of the film and reflects the very human journey of the two main characters.

“Although we expected something good, it was a wonderful surprise to discover how De Lellis perfectly reflected the desired feeling, that invisible background behind the images (without a doubt, the main objective of the best scores)."

Familiar but Strangers won the second prize at the VIII Short-Film Competition “Navarra Tierra de Cine” in Navarra-Spain, November 2020.

About Alber Ponte

Alber Ponte has written and directed over 80 short films, such as ‘The Origin of the Problem’ – which won 24 international film awards, including the prestigious Clermont Ferrand Award. His prolific work includes feature films such as ‘Little Galicia’, three documentaries, as well as several ads, and music and corporate videos.

Listen to the finale music piece ('Side by Side')

Click here

Read a case-study blog article featuring an interview of the film director Alber Ponte

Click here

Filter articles —

Time travel.



Category —

Articles by year —
Client —

Rabcat


“MADLORD delivered and excelled with his audio productions the demanded high quality and was integral in creating our most iconic gambling video slots.”

Rabcat is one of Europe´s leading digital entertainment production houses, providing high-end art and animation production for the international video game industry, and premium applications for the online gambling industry.

MADLORD has provided Rabcat with the following services for over 40 games, including their revered premium line of video slots, video poker, video trailers and teasers:

  • Music Composition
  • Audio Post-Production
  • Sound Design
Client —

Santillana publishing


Santillana is the leading textbook publishing group in Spain and Latin America, selling over 125 million books each year. Santillana is also part of PRISA, the largest media group in the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking markets, and leader in education, news, information and entertainment.

MADLORD has provided Santillana with the following services:

  • Voice Overs
  • Audio Post-Production
Client —

The Santander Group


The Santander Group is a major global banking organization, serving over 102 million customers across Europe, Latin America, North America and Asia.

MADLORD has provided The Santander Group with the following services:

  • Voice Overs
  • Audio Post-Production
Client —

University of Dayton Publishing


Part of Grupo SM and with close links to one of the most respected universities in the USA, University of Dayton Publishing specializes in providing high-quality English language teaching and learning materials.

MADLORD has provided University of Dayton Publishing with the following services:

  • Voice Overs
  • Audio Post-Production
Client —

Vodafone


Vodafone is one of the world's leading telecommunications companies, owning and operating mobile networks in 26 countries and providing telecommunications and IT services to corporate clients in 150 countries.

MADLORD has provided Vodafone with the following services:

  • Music Composition
  • Voice Overs
  • Audio Post-Production