The Substance

  • 9 10
  • 2016
  • 86min
The Substance
  • Original Title: The Substance (2017)

A young Chinese entrepreneur decides to spend a weekend in a new apartment in the city of Kadakaisi, a replica of the Catalonian town of Cadaqués in China. From here on, a journey begins between the original and the replica, fiction and reality.

The Substance

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The Substance, A journey between the original and the replica

In 2010, a delegation of the China Merchants Group company was presented in Cadaqués, an iconic town on the Catalan Costa Brava, internationally known for being the refuge and inspiration of the renowned painter Salvador Dalí.

Its mission: Take notes to build, in the not too distant future, a replica of the Empordà people in China.

Six years later, Tingting, a young entrepreneur who lives in the city of Xiamen and has acquired a flat in Kadakaisi, the Chinese replica of the town of Cadaqués, decides to spend a weekend in her new apartment to disconnect from her day to day in a city in constant boiling.

Here begins '' The Substance '': A documentary that navigates between the original and the replica, the reality and the dream, time and memory, through the landscapes of Cadaqués, Kadakaisi, Xiamen and Cap de Creus.


Lluís Galter
Lluís Galter Director

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