European Film Festival Paris
from 17 to 31 March 2022
European Film Festival Paris
from 17 to 31 March 2022

The Storm Was Coming / Anunciaron tormenta

by Javier Fernández Vázquez

(Fiction, Spain, 2020, 88’, C, En ST) with Justo Bolekia Boleká, Reha-xustina Bolekia Bueriberi, Nieves Posa Bohome

The Storm Was Coming

In 1904, Ësáasi Eweera, the last native Bubi leader who opposed the Spanish rule at the current island of Bioko, Equatorial Guinea, was detained by colonial guards and died three days later. By reenacting handwritten reports and letters through voiceovers, taping and studying native oral accounts and identifying historically charged sites, A Storm Was Coming reflects on the gaps, silences, contradictions and falsehoods that colonial history is usually built upon.


« Pushing beyond the confines of accepted colonial histories, the solo debut feature from Spanish director Javier Fernández Vázquez is an audiovisual experiment rooted in rigorous anthropological research. … A Storm Was Coming offers a counter- narrative to the traditional history of Spain’s complex relationship with Equatorial Guinea, its former colony. » ica.art

Javier Fernández Vázquez
Javier Fernández Vázquez

Javier Fernández Vázquez is a filmmaker, anthropologist and visual culture researcher. His first short film Señales de Indiferencia / Marks of Indifference (2007) received the award to the best international short film in the Valdivia International Film Festival (Chile). In 2008, together with Luis López Carrasco and Natalia Marín Sancho he founded the experimental and documentary film collective, Los Hijos. Their first feature-length film, Los materiales / The Materials (2010), won the Jean Vigo award to the best direction in Punto de Vista Pamplona International Film Festival 2010 and a special mention in FID Marseille 2010. Their work has been shown by many international film festivals and exhibited in contemporary art centres. In 2015, Javier Fernández Vázquez began an academic career in Film Studies and Visual Culture that has led him to research on issues related to history, memory, colonialism, visual culture and object theory. Anunciaron tormenta / A Storm Was Coming (2020) is his first solo feature-length film.

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