Zenú [Claudio Marcotulli, USA, 2018]

Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky parameterizes the search for ideas thus: “the hunt is forbidden, fishing is permitted.” Kindred surrealist David Lynch simply calls it “catching the big fish.” Accessing inspiration requires a little bit of bait and lure – like trying to remember a dream, it escapes when sought directly.


In Claudio Marcotulli’s kaleidoscopic Zenú, Ignacio (Marcotulli) is a musician creatively blocked by the incessant whistling of the trains that pass his canalside house. A local fisherman (Jose Payes) is a sage if elliptical voice: “this net is not mine,” he explains when Ignacio, in questioning his claim of a productive morning’s fishing, remarks on its emptiness.