Utama

by Alejandro Loayza Grisi

Synopsis

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In the Bolivian highlands, an elderly Quechua couple has been living the same daily routine for years. When an uncommonly long drought threatens their entire way of life, Virginio and Sisa face the dilemma of resisting or being defeated by the passage of time.

With the arrival of their grandson Clever, the three of them will face, each in their own way, the environment, the necessity for change, and the meaning of life itself.

 

Specifications

Bolivia/Uruguay/France  2022  87mn  2.39:1  Quechua/Spanish  1st Film

Directed by

Alejandro Loayza Grisi

Produced by

Santiago Loayza Grisi (Alma Films) & Federico Moreira (La Mayor Cine)

In Coproduction with

Alpha Violet Production

Cast

José Calcina (Virginio)

Santos Choque (Clever)

Luisa Quispe (Sisa)

Crew

Barbara Alvarez, Cinematographer

Fernando Epstein, Editor

Biofilmo

Alejandro Loayza Grisi (1985) is a Bolivian filmmaker. He began his artistic career in still photography and entered the world of cinema through cinematography. Attracted by the stories that can be told through images, he ventured into writing and directing during the preparation of his first feature film Utama.

Aicha, 2019, (DOP), Dochera, 2018, (DOP), Polvo,2017, (DOP), Planeta Bolivia, 2016, (DOP)

Festivals

Sundance Film Festival – World Drama- GRAND JURY PRIZE

Göteborg Film Festival – Ingmar Bergman Competition

Festival de Malaga- Best Ibero American Film/ Best Direction/ Jury Prize/ Best Original Music  

Cinelatino Bergen- Opening Film

Cartagena International Film Festival- Fictions from there 

Vilnius Film Festival- Panorama 

CinéLatino Rencontres de Toulouse- PRIX LYCEEN DE LA FICTION

Istanbul Film Festival- Young Masters 

Seattle Film Festival- Ibero American Cinema 

San Franciso Film Festival- International Narratives

Milwaukee Film Festival- Worldviews/ Cine sin Fronteras 

Cyprus Film Days- Best Film/ Audience Award

Minneapolis St Paul Film Festival- Cine Latino

REVIEWS

VARIETY Peter Debruge  “BREATHTAKING”, “SUBLIME, QUIETLY ELEGIAC”

DEADLINE  Todd McCarthy  “EXTRAORDINARY”,  “IT ‘S A FEAST”

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER Jordan Mintzer “BEAUTIFULLY REALIZED”

SCREEN INTERNATIONAL Wendy Ide “VISUALLY ARRESTING LOVE STORY FROM BOLIVIA”

INDIEWIRE Carlos Aguilar “VISUALLY STUNNING”