In this visually striking fantasy, inspired by legendary French painter and writer François Augiéras, a soldier—who believes he is Augiéras—searches for a series of spiritual murals supposedly made by the painter in an abandoned bunker. The renowned Spanish painter and ceramicist Miquel Barcelo (playing himself), whose recent work is inspired by Augiéras, soon joins in the search as well. The film’s numerous doublings, conundrums, and sexual innuendos reflect Augiéras’s innovative art and troubled life: “The best way to escape from your pursuers without leaving any trail is to walk backwards over your own footsteps.” The Double Steps won the Golden Shell at the 2011 San Sebastian Film Festival.

Organized by Sally Berger, Assistant Curator, Department of Film.