The Agronaut

TitleThe Agronaut

GenreDocumentary

Duration1 hour 15 min

Release dateFirst released screened in 2014. Planning release of new version of the film in 2019.

DirectorKjersti Vetterstad

ProducerKjersti Vetterstad

CinematographyChristopher Horne Iversen

Assistant producer

Co-producer

ScreenwriterMontserrat Canudas Jorba/ Kjersti Vetterstad

NarratorMontserrat Canudas Jorba

Supported byThe Audio and Visual Fund, Arts Council Norway, UKS (Society for Young Artist Norway)

Description

The Agronaut is a documentary film that follows Montserrat Canudas Jorba, who lives like a hermit on her farm outside the village of El Bruc. The Agronaut takes us on a journey through time – from the era of fossils and into the future as Jorba envisages it –  and presents the viewer to a cyclical perspective on life. The title of the film, taken from the pun Jorba uses to describe herself, plays on the Argonauts of the Greek myth of Jason and is an acknowledgement of Jorba’s own role as a navigator in the landscape she lives in and off. Jorba’s retelling of the history of the surrounding area, its landscape and the people who have inhabited it, is interspersed with images and stories from her life on the farm – a life lived in acceptance of the mechanisms that shape our surroundings. “We’ll all return to the earth,” she says in the film. “We too are biodegradable.”