He is the first guest to arrive and in order to avoid the awkwardness he retreats to the roof terrace with a beer and a pack of cigarettes. She has spent her afternoon helping out with the birthday party and, while waiting for something to bake in the oven, she heads to the roof terrace for a smoke. An innocent inquiry about a lighter grows into small talk and although they seem to have very little in common, the conversation deepens, as do their feelings for each other.

It is the story of one of those encounters with a stranger we all have had at some point; you meet someone, there is no spark whatsoever, but within an hour you have decided what to do with the rest of your life.

Like Aleksandr Sokurov’s famous Russian Ark, Preludio is shot in a single take. With just one camera, one location and a handful of actors, the feature relies on dialogue and the actors’ abilities to make their ordinary characters come alive. Mexican director Eduardo Lucatero’s second feature is in every way an interesting and inspiring cinematic experiment.

Stockholm Film Festival

Eduar do Lucatero will attend the screening