After Tramuntana, a film about the famed the Tramuntana wind in the Mediterranean, César Pesquera (director) and Christian Lopez (art director) teamed up with Kako Mendez (writer) in order to make a second film about winds, in this case, the Santa Ana winds.
This time literary references are combined with classic cinema references resulting in a film, part documentary, part art-film, that tries to elucidate the link between evil and the famed Santa Ana winds.
The Santa Ana winds are extremely dry down-slope winds that originate inland and affect coastal Southern California and northern Baja California. They are commonly portrayed in fiction as being responsible for a tense, uneasy, wrathful mood among Angelenos.
Some of the more well-known literary references include the Philip Marlowe story Red Wind by Raymond Chandler, and Joan Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem.
The film was shot in the desert of Nevada and California, very close to the border with Mexico, an area where Mexican illegal immigrants try to cross to US soil.
Santa Ana is ultimately a project about evil, violence, and fear using the wind and its cultural connotations as starting point to investigate the relations between the inhabitants of the USA and their environment.
Despite investigating the wind’s literary and supernatural connotations the project is very connected to the reality, the reality of a country where the conflicts derived from racial tensions and immigration are evident, now more than ever.