Chillida: The Depth of Air

(Chillida: Lo profundo es el aire)
Juan Barrero | Documentary

2016 | 52 minutes | Spain

A poetic and fast-paced reminiscence of one of the most prominent sculptors of the 20th century.


At the age of 19, Eduardo Chillida (1942-2002) was a gifted athlete set to become a football legend. However, a severe injury during a match saw him move away from professional sport. At the time, nobody except for his life-long partner, Pilar Belzunce, could ever imagine that the young goalkeeper from Hernani was at the verge of re-writing his destiny.

Chillida would die a few decades later as one of the most prominent sculptors of the 20th century.

Lo profundo es el aire is not a conventional biography, but the poetic and fast-paced reminiscence of an unparalleled artist. Chillida’s personality is perpetuated through his work, his eight children, and some of his closest collaborators.


“There is always, in Chillida’s sculptures, the sense of a vital living relationship with the space about them. His sculptures clutch at the air, grapple and grab, embrace emptiness and give it a form.” – Adrian Searle, The Guardian

“Working in iron, steel, wood, granite and fired clay, his work also has a strong relationship to the earth, and to the rugged Basque landscape where the Pyrenees meet the Atlantic, a coastline eroded and drawn by the sea.” – Adrian Searle, The Guardian

Main credits

Barrero, Juan (film director)
Barrero, Juan (screenwriter)

Other credits

Cinematography, Valentín Álvarez; editor, Lupe Pérez; music, Xabier Erkizia.

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San Sebastian International Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Juan Barrero


YEAR: 2016

GENRE: Documentary

LANGUAGE: Spanish; English

COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School, High School, College, Adults



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