• The Passion of Mountain, Earth and Water
Program Note A sudden drought hits the highlands of Bolivia. An elderly couple desperately awaits rain as they struggle to survive in the devastated village. Is their conviction enough for them to stay? The filmmaker hints through the couple’s daily routines that climate crisis will change the environment as well as destroy the local way of living and native culture. The cinematographer and filmmaker with a background in photography captures trivial gestures, gazes and moments of silence to instill rich layers of emotion into a simple narrative. Especially the magnificent highland landscapes are enough to almost overpower the film’s grim narrative.
Alejandro Loayza Grisi
Bolivian filmmaker. Begins his career in still photography and enters the world of cinema. He worked in the documentary series Planeta Bolivia, and many short films. Utama is his first feature film.
Director Alejandro Loayza Grisi
Country Bolivia, Uruguay, France
Year 2022
Running Time 87min
Genre Fiction
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