A man travels to the desert of Wirikuta and confronts his deepest pain.
We have the trailer for your perusal, and it seems as though that one-line synopsis is fairly accurate. The film is making its rounds on the festival circuit, having just played at Morelia International Film Festival in Mexico.
At a press conference, the director said: "It speaks of loss, of a circle which the character can not leave, it goes round and round. It is represented in different ways for example, the snake is eating itself, in the peyote and the way the sun (tau means sun in Huichol) cycles. It addresses how the character comes to a point and returns to the same place, it's a circle that turns into an endless spiral. "
Another important theme within the film is a reflection of the struggle going on in the Amazon rainforest, echoed in the slogan for the film : " Wirikuta is very threatened by mining companies and I am convinced that it is a sacred place, which is felt when one is there, it is important preservation" .
In Tau, a biologist Gustavo, travels to the desert in search of Wirikuta plants to study. His stay is surrounded by strange events until one night he is attacked and losses all belongings. When it seems that all is lost, Ana, his deceased wife, appears. What begins as a hallucination gradually becomes a reality. Gustavo confronts his past and present with the help of an old Huichol who live in the desert.
The director poses the concept that through repetition can lead to a change or transformation.
'The joke is being, when one goes around and cannot get out of that circle that is submerged, it is like being lost internally and spinning endlessly until he passes through the circle.'
Castro said: "Shooting in the desert was an amazing experience and we treated it with all the respect in the world, taking into account the worldview of the Huichol people... the lighting was important, because the bet was not use no focus: the entire film is made with sunlight to play the desert, in fact, we did a ceremony to ask permission to shoot there desert."
Brontis added: "We believe the desert is one of our fellow film crew, we can not translate the work there, but we all know that we had the experience of being in a very special area that allowed us to film this story, we were not the typical crew who would usually devastate and litter the area. "
- What liberates or enslaves both consumption of peyote, as the idea of the shaman Don Juan Matus?
Castro added: "The use of peyote in this movie is a release, it is the method to exit and take the next step. For me is a medicinal plant and has a mystique that every human being should consume a once in a lifetime, but always the right people, with respect or cut without devastation."
Brontis intervened again: "The only word in Spanish that says the Huichol is medicine guru. Peyote eating experience is of no use, the important thing is how it is done and with who. "
The film Tau will be released next year. Keep an eye out for it!