A film about the artistic process in every sense of the phrase, Spanish director Victor Erice's El Sol del Mebrillo (The Quince Tree Sun) loosely documents the efforts of artist Antonio Lopez to paint the titular foliage in his backyard. Lopez agonizes over just how to capture the light falling on the tree's leaves; he aspires to complete the painting before the fruit falls at the end of the season. Meanwhile, the artist is distracted by unannounced visitors, the debate over the Gulf War, and the filmmaker himself. Sol begins in documentary form, with voiceover narration from Lopez himself, then slowly takes on other qualities: slightly staged narrative storytelling; hypnotic, dream-like nature film; and philosophical meditation on art and mortality.
Antonio López, Marina Moreno, Enrique Gran, María López, Carmen López, Elisa Ruiz, José Carretero, Amalia Aria, Lucio Muñoz, Esperanza Parada, Julio López Hernández, Fan Xiao Ming, Yan Sheng Dong, Janusz Pietrzkiak, Marek Domagala