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Utama by Alejandro Loayza Grisi wins the Arthouse Cinema Award at Cinéma en Construction 39 Toulouse

Utama by Alejandro Loayza Grisi wins the Arthouse Cinema Award at Cinéma en Construction 39 Toulouse

The film Utama by Alejandro Loayza Grisi, received the Arthouse Cinema Award at the Film in Progress 39 Toulouse of Cinélatino, whose competition took place partly online for film professionals.

Film information

Utama
Bolivia, Uruguay, 2021, 87 minutes
Directed and written by: Alejandro Loayza Grisi
Cinematographer: Bárbara Alvarez
Cast: José Calcina (Virginio), Luisa Quisle (Sisa), Santos Choque (Clever)
Production: Alma Films

More information on the festival’s website.

Synopsis

In the arid Bolivian highlands, an elderly Quechua couple has been living the same daily life for years. In the midst of a drought, Virginio (80) falls ill and, aware of his imminent death, lives out his last days hiding his illness from Sisa (81). He is also reluctant to migrate to the city like the rest of the community. Everything is precipitated by the arrival of her grandson Clever (23), who comes to visit with news. The three of them will face, each in their own way, the drought, the changes and the meaning of life.

Jury’s decision:

We were touched by this beautiful piece of ethnographic cinema, based on a simple but universal and very sincere story.
Through its characters and landscapes, the film portrays a world that is diseappearing, under the fate of climate change and rural exodus.
Sound and cinematography are perfectly mastered, to immerge us into this lost corner of the world, and finally delivers a big and urgent message.

The jury was composed of:

Maret Wolff, Kino Metropol, Germany (CICAE)
Alexis Mas, Condor Distribution, France (Europa Distribution)
Seppe Vanhaecke, MOOOV, Belgium (Europa Distribution)

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