For Víctor Erice, in authoritarian post-war Spain cinema was “a country
not marked on the map”, with no customs or passports, where he could
travel to meet citizens of the whole world and discover just how much they
had in common, thanks to the universal language of images. In this 2014
conversation, held when he was in Locarno to receive the Pardo alla
carriera, the great Spanish director speaks of his filmmaking practice as
an existential experience, one that allows him to investigate the world
and communicate his findings to anyone, anywhere.