Y, J and C, as previously described.
Far from the Maddness of the World, a feature-length documentary project, is mainly an observational triptych which portrays the lives of three Patagonian men that live in isolation, leaving no significant ecological footprints.
The son of Basque emigrants, a retired railway worker now lives in an abandoned train station in the remote steppe of the southern tip of the American continent. There, he raises livestock and finds the means to survival under harsh weather conditions. Back in the 70s, escaping from the bloodshed of a military dictatorship and the intolerance of a family that could not stand The Beatles, J took off from Buenos Aires to London, Berlín and Goa in India. After alternating between punks and mystic Osho, he landed in Bolsón, the "Argentinean Woodstock". Himself a mystic figure, J lives next to a crystaline river, which provides power and quietude to his "apocalyptic paranoia".
Almost 400 meters high and 100 meters wide, Piedra Parada (Standing Rock) stands amid relentless wind, like an impenetrable tower in Patagonia. A challenge for many climbers, the site has become, however, the residence of a Canadian who chose a secluded life away from his native country, safe from the spell of capitalism. The three observed lives constitute three dissimilar examples that illustrate the concept of Simple Life as contained in a quote from writer R. Walser, who originated this project: "The future paled, and the past dissolved... I had the whole rich earth immediately before me, and I still looked only at what was most small and most humble." The documentary, which should serve as a mirror to the viewer, is a tribute to the Simple: that which "conserves the puzzle of what abides and what is great.", according to M. Heidegger, and an attempt to raise awareness while fanaticism, consumption and the wars that feed them acquire the intensity and form of a whirlwind that drags us deeper down in free fall.
It is mostly an observational documentary, devoided of the usual conventional elements (talking heads, authoritative voice-over and excesive use of music). Thus, the images and time will play a fundamental rôle in portraying the lives of all three characters.