Happy Birthday in Lucy

Txuspo Poyo
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This is one of the most enigmatic pieces by Txuspo Poyo. In it, we are introduced into the suffocating and decadent atmosphere of a spacecraft, in which there seems to be only one living astronaut left. Poyo invites us to be part of the last days of this lonely character as we witness his daily chores within the limited confines of his living quarters. The images that have managed to survive and arrive to earth are distorted and in some cases dissolved, with frequent interferences. Despite all of this, we can still get an idea of what the last days of this space pilot have been like, a man who seems to have concentrated his existence on being able to celebrate Lucy’s birthday, someone that he remembers with a special intensity.

This piece avoids a linear narrative and instead, by means of snippets and small fragments of images, creates a dense and, at points, distressing atmosphere, in which the dreams, memories and thoughts of our only character mix with scenes of his life inside the spacecraft. Robots, buttons and spacesuits build this man’s reality, a man isolated in the open space who wants to send a message to someone back on earth. His words, distorted by the distance, are at times intelligible. The transmission is faulty and intermittent, yet his message has arrived to earth.

With this video Poyo once again pays tribute to science-fiction films. He surrounds himself with the iconography of 1960s’ science-fiction films, and locates within the complex machinery and technology of that epoch a personal story. He manages to show us the intimacy of a human being who lives isolated in space but who nevertheless still thinks about his life on earth. This is no doubt a work perfectly made that offers us an extremely moving story.



Technical datasheet

  • Title: Happy Birthday in Lucy
  • Direction: Txuspo Poyo
  • Production: Txuspo Poyo. 1995.
  • Duration: 00:15:52
  • Languages: English
  • Original format: Betacam Digital
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: PAL
  • License: Copyright