The villages
This film is set in a village whose name is left unspoken. Keen eyes could place it in the hinterland of the Vega Baja del Segura or north-west Murcia.

This is not so relevant. We are not as interested in a specific location as in the light and architecture of these half-forgotten regions close to the south of Spain.

For weeks we dissected streets and alleys of many small towns in Albacete, Alicante and Murcia. We used outside-of-time shards of several villages to create ours. Sultry rooms, houses plastered with lime, tons of gravel and palm trees framing the pale  sky helped us to eulogize the beauty of run-down places that somehow manage not to vanish.

The puzzle was drawn with patience. In Abanilla we found streets that had no end. They were beautiful like few others. There we shot most exteriors. We also shot some streets and facades in Granja de Rocamora, Cox and Hondón de los Frailes. In Elche de la Sierra we came by Esteban’s house and the cemetery. The park with palm trees is in San Isidro. The river -actually, natural pools- is close to Bullas. The only possible entrance of our village is in La Canalosa, a district of Hondón de las Nieves.

We also shot in Albatera, Alicante, Almoradí and Crevillente. These places were used for the interiors of, respectively, the police station, the cell, the theater and the antiques shop. Somber spaces although the sun shines bright outside.

In total, twelve villages to build a maze. Esteban, probably, will never find the exit.