The Visit (and A Secret Garden)

Length 63 min / DCP 2k / Spanish / In Post Production

Little is known about the mysterious figure of Isabel Santaló, an old artist, today fallen into oblivion. We do not have an easy access to her body of work either: some has vanished, and some is hidden behind an always locked door. But occasionally some visitors come to the flat. Through them and the voice of Antonio López (‘El sol del membrillo’, Víctor Erice), the only painter who remembers Isabel, we shape a multifaceted film. This is a cinematic portrait, which well into the film surprisingly turns and transforms into a self-portrait of the filmmaker herself too. A film that reflects over art and death, and consequently over what makes us deeply human: searching for the light among the shadows.

Status: In Post Production


Irene M. Borrego

A graduate in film directing from the EICTV, Cuba, she broadened her studies with a scholarship to the London Film School. She has participated in cinema workshops with Emir Kusturica, Albert Serra and Abbas Kiarostami. Co-founder of the production company ‘59 en Conserva’ she worked as an economist before entering the world of cinema.
Her short films have been shown at Tampere, Edinburgh, Slamdance, États Généraux du Film Documentaire, Molodist, Málaga, Zinebi, Punto de Vista, Alcine and Documenta Madrid, among others and they have won awards in France, Portugal, Italy, USA, Ukraine and Romanía. She has also worked as a director’s assistant, scriptwriter and cultural journalist for various outlets in Mexico.
In parallel to her own projects, she produces films for other filmmakers and researches various topics related to art theory and the relationship between cinema and other art forms. In this area she has received scholarships from the Museo del Prado, and has participated in various seminars and contributed to a number of publications.

She is also the creative and executive producer of films by other filmmakers (‘Dos Islas’, Adriana F. Castellanos; ‘El mar nos mira de lejos’, Manuel Muñoz Rivas; ‘This Film is About Me’, Alexis Delgado Búrdalo).

Director - Irene M. Borrego
Producers - Mariangela Mondolo-Burghard & Renata Sancho
Cinematography - Javier Calvo
Editing - Manuel Muñoz Rivas
Sound Recording - Nicolas Tsabertidis
Sound Editing - Hugo Leitão
Sound Mix - Patrick Ghislain

Production Companies - 59 en Conserva & Cedro Plátano

Institutional Funding - 
ICAA (Spain), ICA (Portugal), Fundación SGAE (Spain), Ayuntamiento de Madrid (Spain), Crea SGR (Spain)

Co-Prodution - Spain & Portugal