Das Goldene Licht / The Golden Light

Year: 2010

Director: Catalina Jordan Alvarez

Playing time: 14 minutes

Language: German

Subtitles: English

This experimental feminist film by Catalina Jordan Alvarez mixes fantasy, performance and theatre against the imposing backdrop of the Swiss Alps. A granddaughter is visiting her grandmother in the Alps. In the morning, Gran has disappeared and Anna goes in search of her.

When multitalented Catalina Jordan Alvarez decided to make a mountain film, she knew that she wanted to see high peaks in the last scene. It took a while to find the perfect location, however, because she was looking for a place that is real, but looks like something from fantasy. Through the members of the band ‘Les Reines Prochaines’, who invited her to their 300-year-old house in the Swiss Alps, she found the other locations and extras.

In this experimental feminist film – her first mountain film ­– Catalina Jordan Alvarez mixes fantasy, performance and theatre against the imposing backdrop of the Swiss Alps. A granddaughter is visiting her grandmother in the Alps. In the morning, Gran has disappeared and Anna goes in search of her.

This work shares key qualities with other films by Catalina: playing with genres and creating intense fantasy worlds with the help of amateur performers. Catalina studied theatre and film in New York and directing at FilmArche in Berlin. It was in Berlin that she made her first short films, including ‘Das Goldene Licht’, which have since been shown at various festivals. After returning to the USA, she made various short films and immersed herself in choreography. Catalina is currently teaching film and media studies in Philadelphia.