KENTANNOS - May You Live by a Hundred
Director: Víctor Cruz Cast: Panchita Castillo, Magdalena Mendoza Mendoza, Calixto Castillo Carrillo, Pablo Castillo Carrillo, Sarita Briceño Díaz, Denis García García, Esmeralda Reyes Medina, Pachito Villegas Fonseca, Paulina Villegas Reyes, Antonio Cabiddu, Marco Mereu, Gabriele Mereu, Mariangeles Mereu, Adolfo Melis, Delia Melis, Antonino Melis, Francesca Melis, Michele Agus, Simone Vargiu, Manuele Mighela, Francesco Piroddi, Tomi Menaka, Haru Yamashiro, Kikuo Tsuchida
Country: Argentina-Italy Length: 81’
Screenplay: Víctor Cruz Cinematography: Nicolás Pittaluga (Costa Rica), Matteo Vieille (Italy), Diego Poleri (Japan) Editing: Alejandra Almirón Sound: Francisco Seoane Soundtrack: Francisco Seoane VFX: Laura Viviani Live sound recorder: Francisco Seoane (Argentina), Biagio Gurrieri (Italia) Producers: Rodolfo Pochat Etchebehere - Motoneta Cine | Giovanni Pompili - Kino produzioni | Víctor Cruz - 16M Films Line producers: Amaya Izquierdo (Costa Rica), Francesca Clarisse Scanu e Massimiliano Navarra (Italy), Soledad Nerome, Fernando Higa e Susana Harada Gushiken (Japan) Production Assistants: Laura del Carmen Gutiérrez, Gabriel Díaz Córdova, Sofía Pochat (Argentina) - María Soledad Marchi Lasch, Alessandro Fanari, Serena Schietroma (Italy) International distribution: Berta Film
With the support of INCAA, Regione Autonoma Sardegna, Fondazione Sardegna Film Commission Filming Cagliari Fund - Sardegna Ospitality Fund, Ibermedia, Co-development Fund Italia-Argentina MiBACT - Istituto Luce Cinecittà - INCAA
Kentannos is a documentary about people from across the world who are 90 or older, and still have an exciting passion for life. In Costa Rica, Pachito's daughter fears that something could happen to her 98-year-old father and she forbids him to ride his horse. In Sardinia Adolfo wishes a gift for his 93rd birthday: to fulfil the dream of flying a plane. In Okinawa, Tomi of 93 and his grandmas pop band became pop idols and play concerts all over Japan. No matter how old they are, their dreams fulfil their lives and inspire us to pursue ours.
“I am very fond of the elderly. Maybe because I had to take care of my grandmother when my mother passed away prematurely. My relationship with her became very intense. As her caretaker, I was responsible for her medical care, baths and exercise sessions. I enjoyed every minute of the five years that we spent together, and I felt as though she enjoyed my presence as well. Someone was there to think of her, I enjoyed being there for her, hug her.
When we think about longevity, we often focus on things like diet, health, genetics and, more recently, family and other social relationships. It is this latter aspect that interests me the most. I was able to observe that the positive image that a family projects onto their elderly has a stimulating effect, that keeps the person active and engaged in projects throughout his or her entire life. This relationship goes beyond respect; it is characterized by expressions of love that include hugs, kisses and constant physical contact. Such expressions of love seem to have a revitalizing effect on the elderly.
I visited many elderly people in Nicoya and Sardinia and Okinawa. This was how I met the protagonists of my documentary. I came to love them and made up my mind to create a film that focuses on their stories, families and communities. I think of longevity as a result of a series of family and other social interactions. For me, long-lived people are the key that opens the door in all of us to another way of living and conceiving our relationships. That is what this documentary proposes: to offer a chance to see that there are many ways to live, ways that can lead to rich, healthy, lucid old age”. Víctor Cruz
Biografilm Festival 2019 - Contemporary Lives Visions du Réel 2019 - Grand Angle 2018 – Last Stop Trieste: HBO Europe Award 2016 – When East Meets West: Best Pitch Award