You’ve listened to Serial and S-Town, read Helter Skelter and In Cold Blood, watched Making a Murderer, The Jinx, The Keepers and Mommy, Dead and Dearest; perhaps it’s now time to take your true crime habit to the theater? There’s an intriguing documentary headed to the big screen, and its spooky beginnings are pretty irresistible.
The mister and I often have discussions about someday retiring to a laid-back island in the middle of nowhere, a dream many share. We wouldn’t, though, go quite as nowhere as Santoalla, Spain, where only one other family resided until Margo Pool and Martin Verfondern arrived. The Dutch couple was looking for a quiet life unbound by rules, and as Margo says, they thought they’d found their utopia. For a few years, all was well, and then very quickly, everything changed … “something terrible has happened to him”.
Here’s the trailer for first time documentarians, Andrew Becker and Daniel Mehrer’s Santoalla, which has been touring the festival circuit and won the Jury award in Austin (2016), and Outstanding Documentary Feature at Tallgrass (2016). *I urge you not to search names or terms unless you want to spoil the story for yourself.*
That’s just ominous enough a tease to suck me in, without giving away too much … and also to reiterate that there’s such a thing as being too quiet a town.
Santoalla premieres in New York, July 19th; Los Angeles July 28th; and in wider release, October 7th.