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That part of you that died
Tierra (1996)
in Julio Medem
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This chapter discusses Julio Medem's film Tierra, his budget for which was 380 million pesetas. Medem wrote the script for Tierra keeping specific Spanish starts in mind. It is a comedy of errors in which the biggest mistake is to take everything too seriously. The representation of the landscape and references to the borders that define the territory challenge the ambiguity or ‘undecidability’ of Tierra. The film begins with its title, which appears twice during the credit sequence. This allows for the film to be read as both a universal fable of existential angst, as a satirical treatise on the Basque–Spanish divide, and as a localised examination of personal and romantic tribulations. The backing of Tierra as an auteurist work prompted Medem to fabricate it as a suitably assertive illustration of the philosophical concerns that had underpinned his formation as a filmmaker.

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