The Most Important Thing In ...
The Most Imprtant Thing In Life Is Not Being Dead

Film Title

The Most Important Thing In Life Is Not Being Dead


  • Friday 30 September 16:00
  • All Tickets £5.00


82 mins

Director: OLPAMA (Olivier Pictet,
Pablo Martin Torrado & Marc Recuenco)
Country: Spain/Switzerland
Writer: Pablo Martin Torrado, Marc Recuenco Original Format: 35mm
Dir. of Photography: Pietro Zuercher Print Source: Albany Films
Producer: Saskia Vischer
Cast: Emilio Gutierrez Caba, Marian Aguilera, Merce Montala

Film Details

UK Premiere

Official Selection Feature

Short Synopsis:

Is life safe and secure, or is there a second reality lurking? A playful tragicomedy or betrayal and forgiveness, set against the Franco era.


The Most Important Thing In Life Is Not Being DeadJacobo is a well established piano-tuner with a shameful secret. His pianos tune themselves while he’s asleep. By citing divine intervention, Jacobo remains oblivious to the shocking secret his wife has harboured for many years in their expansive cellar. As the film progresses we begin to learn more and more about the mysterious nature of Jacobo’s life, which reaches a painful climax of sober understanding. Set to the political backdrop of Franco’s rule, the theme of deceit and inevitable re-emergence of the truth runs throughout the film. The episodic shifting of past to present leads to a moving insight that emphasises the transient nature of life and the inevitability of ageing.
Shot mostly in black and white, the almost film-noir quality of the film adds to the resulting tension and intrigue. Meanwhile, the periodic bursts of high-contrast colour add a charm and beauty that is reminiscent of Michel Gondry. Not only are the shots beautiful but the acting too, with Emilio Gutiérrez Caba who plays Jacobo leaving a lasting impression following his portrayal of a lonely fool of almost Jacobean proportions.  Maintaining both tragedy and comedy is hard, yet, The Most Important Thing in Life is Not Being Dead manages to balance those genres beautifully to create a funny, but touching film.
Emily Finch

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Practical Information

Screenings at Apollo Cinema Piccadilly Circus
19 Lower Regent Street


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