Diversity After winning the Venice Horizons Special Jury Prize earlier this month, Bolivian director Kiro Russo has been given exclusive access to the trailer for the second feature, “El Gran Movimento,” which is premiering in the Sebastian Zabatelgi Tabakalera section.
Sold by Brussels-based Best Friend Forever, it has been acquired by Sovereign Film Distribution for the UK and Ireland. It centers on an encounter between a lung patient-ex-mining elder (Julio Caesar Ticona) and a strange shaman Max (Max Eduardo) who tries to heal him.
Like his previous feature “Dark Skull”, Rousseau – who trained at FUC Buenos Aires – blended the documentary elements with fiction, which the director said was inspired by French director Robert Bresson.
The La Paz-born filmmaker added that his films also draw on the stories of friends he has portrayed over the years; And they continue to follow each other: none of his actors are professional actors, and Tikona is in “Dark Skull” as well as the same character.
According to Rousseau, the origins of his sophomore feature lie in documentary footage of a protest rally in which he shot Huanuni workers in 2018.
In it, Tikona and her friends – who are all miners – arrive in La Paz with dozens of other young workers seeking jobs in the mines.
They failed, and the result was a protest against the “El Gran Movimento” springboard, with miners shouting “Mine blood!” Hearts of warriors! ”
The trailer introduces us to La Paz’s weird and rough topography – which Russo mentions as the third character in the film.
It also features the witch Doctor Max, covered in a bird’s neck and the removal of unknown organic sounds of movement, sliding or some removal, like a trance under a tree.
We then introduce the fevered miner to the veteran when he is having trouble breathing. His friends talk about how he swallowed the “dust,” and in the next scene it becomes clear that La Paz Elder’s work is making his condition worse as he struggles with heavy crates and loads of sacks of vegetables for delivery to the local market.
The reality then blends in with the fantastic element because her illness is enough to refer to an elderly local Mama Pancha (Francisca Ars de Arro) to the magician, Max, who suspects demonic possession. Can Max save him?
As a metaphor for the city’s weak influence on city workers, some of the directors’ own friends – Rousseau commented:
“[This film] Are freely inspired by their lives. I imagine this story of sickness and healing to take us to the heart of the social structure of this city and to reveal its invisible life. ”
The Super 16mm shot film also tied in the U.S. later this month, making its North American premiere at the New York Film Festival.
“El Gran Movimento” is produced by La Paz-based Bolivian production company Sokavan Cine, which starred in the director’s first film “Dark Skull,” which went to represent Bolivia at the Oscars) and the Paris-based film Altama.