Tom Haines: Luminarias
–Posted by Calum Sager on 26 September 2012
Tom Haines’ beautiful new short film shot on 16mm film gorgeously captures the dramatic scenes of the annual Luminarias festival in San Bartolome de Pinares, the mountainous region northwest of Madrid. Every January locals leap over burning pyres on horseback as part of a 500-year-old ritual originally intended to purify villagers during the plague. “I think they fully believe in the purification element...Pregnant women jump with horses through fire, guys clutching six-month-old babies. That aspect of it certainly is fundamental,” notes Haines who spent a week filming in and around the cobblestoned village and interviewing the residents. The film is set to 1930s Spanish poet Rafael Alberti’s 'Galope', supplemented by a score provided by James Lavelle of UNKLE and sound designer Sven Tait.
Tom Haines: Luminarias on Nowness.com.