Screened as part of NZIFF 2009

Waiting for Sancho 2008

Directed by Mark Peranson

Critic and filmmaker Mark Peranson introduces his unconventional documentary about the making of an unconventional film, Birdsong. “A real artistic inquiry and celebration.” — Variety

Canada In Catalan, English, Hebrew and Spanish with English subtitles
105 minutes Colour and B&W / DigiBeta

Director, Producer, Photography, Editor


Mark Benoit


Albert Serra
Lluís Carbó
Lluís Serrat Batlle
Lluís Serrat Masanellas
Montse Triola


Vancouver 2008; Rotterdam 2009


Waiting for Sancho is a kind of experimental ‘Making of Birdsong’ filmed in high-definition colour over five days in the Canary Islands. Improvised from a 30-page outline, Birdsong saw the crew traverse scorching desert, climb the highest mountain in Spain, and hike across wind-scraped, rocky plains. Permitted to shoot anything as long as he didn’t step in front of the camera, film’s Joseph, critic Mark Peranson, is entranced and amused by the interplay between the nonprofessional actors, the crew, and Serra himself, who seems to make the film grow around him, like a family outing to be documented. (The three kings here seem completely continuous with their Birdsong selves.) Peranson’s film is both a simpatico account and a graceful reflection of the organics of Serra’s unique and surprising practice. — BG

“Peranson manages to capture a sense of that often sought-after and usually elusive phenomenon, creativity.” — John Anderson, Variety