El Hombre Invisible

Daniel Cuberta Touzón

This short film introduces us into the mind of “an invisible man”. The conceptual game, which is extraordinarily powerful, presents the perfect realisation of the possibility of “looking without being seen”: lacking corporeality, we are able to infiltrate all kinds of worlds, and given free access to desired sites, situations and bodies.

The final piece is a metaphor for the gaze and its ways of looking, for voyeurism as a form of assuming “the lives of others”; for the poetics of solitude, for culture as a “parallel life”. It is also a meditation on desire, which is genuine as long as it remains within the level of the unattainable.

The video’s formal development is convincing and shows great originality and fantasy, combining animation, found footage, film and art references, and video drawing.

Many of these same issues have been previously explored by Cuberta in his visual diaries: El Cuaderno de Biella (2004) and El Cuaderno de Concepción nº 9 (2005). In this case, the issues all converge in the mind of this imaginary character, who, exuding existentialism, draws and undraws himself in front of our eyes.

The whole narration is accompanied by the invisible protagonist’s “voice-over”, who turns us into witnesses of his fears. He comments on the images with a certain sadness, since, as was the case with Wenders’ angels in Wings of Desire, his disembodied nature prevents him from living love or tasting life from the sensory condition which the body allows us. Starting with this frustration the whole piece turns into an analysis of affective loss, of stolen dreams and the difficulties of accepting our identities.

Technical datasheet

  • Title: El Hombre Invisible
  • Direction: Daniel Cuberta Touzón
  • Production: Daniel Cuberta Touzon. 2004.
  • Duration: 00:10:30
  • Languages: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Original format: Mini DV
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: PAL
  • License: Copyright