According to Andean legend, when the condor, an imposing South American bird with a long lifespan, decides there’s no longer a purpose to keep on flapping its enormous wings, the animal commits suicide by diving into the rocks. In Bolivian writer-director Alejandro Loayza Grisi’s sumptuously rendered debut feature Utama (Our Home), a comparable descent into hopelessness occurs for a human counterpart. In the Bolivian altiplano, an elderly Quechua couple who have lived a quiet life for years, face an impossible dilemma during an unusually long drought: resist or be defeated by the hostile environment and the relentless passage of time.
Alejandro Loayza Grisi (1985) is a Bolivian filmmaker. Begins his artistic career in still photography and then enters the world of cinema through cinematography. As a director of photography he worked in documentary series Planeta Bolivia, and many short films such as Aicha and Dochera. Attracted by the stories that can be told through the image in motion, he ventures into script and direction with his first feature film, Utama.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
Grand Jury Prize, World Cinema – Dramatic, Sundance Film Festival 2022
Best Supporting Actor, Beijing International Film Festival 2022
Audience Award; Best Film Award, Cyprus Film Days International Festival 2022
Honorable Mention, FEST New Directors/New Films Festival 2022
Best Iberoamerican Film, Málaga Spanish Film Festival 2022
Reditelj: Alejandro Loayza Grisi
Zemlja: Bolivia, Uruguay, France
Jezik: Quechua, Spanish
Uloge: José Calcina, Luisa Quispe, Candelaria Quispe
Produkcija: Alma Films
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