After winning the Silver Shell for Best Director in 2009 for La mujer sin piano Javier Rebollo is once again competing at San Sebastian with El muerto y ser feliz, an unusual road movie shot in Argentina.
“The idea that we have aimed to convey to the audience is that they shouldn’t believe everything they see,” Rebollo explained hen he had to justify one of the most striking aspects of the film, which is the continuous voiceover at ironically provides viewers with information on what they have seen, are seeing and are going to see. The filmmaker denied that this device might create contradictions in the narrative. “The film isn’t contradictory; it’s paradoxical.”
Memory plays a basic role in El muerto y ser feliz. It makes us doubt how things really happened and in a certain moment the facts that are being evoked make way for myth.” In this case it’s all about the memory of a hit-man who is driven by an incurable illness to go for broke and whose aim is to try and remember the name of the first person he killed for money.