Valley of the Gods
dir. Lech MajewskiPolska, Luksemburg, USA, 2019, 131 min
The film weaves together three narrative threads. The first one, an archaic legend of the Navajo Indians, talks about their land and gods who populate a valley, called the Valley of Gods, as rock monuments. The second one is the story of the wealthiest person, Wes Tauros, who experiments on himself with the possibilities offered by limitless funds. Suffering from a personal tragedy, Tauros lives hidden away from the world and makes a public appearance only from time to time. However, the person other people see is his double. The third story is that of the narrator, John Ecas, a writer working as a copywriter at Tauros’s company. His unrestrained imagination “improves” reality by transferring it to the world of fantasy. After a traumatic split from his wife and looking for a way out of a dead end, John starts writing his boss’s biography and accepts an invitation to his mansion. At this time Tauros’s company, which mines uranium ore, buys the Valley of Gods to bore tunnels through the sacred land. The shattered peace of Navajo ancestors makes the rocks give birth to an avenger.
Short Film Competition