“Qué Es El Amor (What Is Love)”
Eduardo Yagüe (director)
Lucy English (writer)
Country: Spain / UK
Second Prize winner in the Inaugural Atticus Review Videopoem Contest, 2018.
“A cinematic reflection on loneliness in advancing age, this videopoem is in the style of classic European art film. A solitary man exists silently inside his neat apartment as we witness the slow-moving moments of his day. On the soundtrack, a rich and deep voice speaks memories of love and long marriage. The acting is expressively understated, revealing the man’s quiet sorrow in the absence of his beloved wife, who seems now to be passed away. The poem evokes episodes from their relationship, from first meeting to later familiarities of domestic life. Masterfully directed and profoundly moving, the film is a meditation on a near-universal experience as we approach end of life.” – Marie Craven, Contest Judge.
Eduardo Yagüe (Gijón -Spain-, 1970) has studied Dramatic Arts and Spanish Language and Literature. In Madrid he worked as an actor in theater and film. He is interested in mixing genres in his videos, searching the limits and interactions of poetic and cinematographic languages. His works are characterized by the roles of actors and by the choice of strong and emotionally moving poems. Find him online here and at Vimeo.
Lucy English (also the writer for our Second Prize winning entry) is a novelist and spoken word poet. She is Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. Her current project ‘The Book of Hours’ is a re-imagining of a medieval book of Hours in poetry film form. She has been creating this over the last four years and the final project has 48 poetry films made with 27 collaborators. Find her online here and on Twitter.