Saudade da Gaia

“Physically and metaphysically, this landscape echoes the deep emotional state of melancholic longing when you lose something you love. Echoes in your heart yearning for what once was.” Set in the mysterious, abandoned Soviet town Pyramiden, this short film captures the return of one of its inhabitants, Natalya, to her once thriving home town after 20 years. Her feelings of Soviet nostalgia, yearning for a lost sister, and overwhelming melancholy on return to a place so lost are crafted into a Russian poem. Beautifully captured by Australian photographer and director Jonathan May and Liza Boston, this story couldn’t be told in a more engaging way.

The poem, written by Liza Boston, is set to my composition Saudade de Gaia.