In 2004, a bomb exploded in the public library of Medellín in Colombia. Only one photo exists of the attack, which was never solved. You can see library staff clearing the rubble. This photo inspired Sebastian Múnera to make his first film, The Tower, a title that refers to the Tower of Babel.
This experimental black-and-white film, with an occasional colour insert, is set in and around the move from the old library to a new one under construction. Three characters are followed: photo restorer Jorge, who tries to develop a long-hidden photo; librarian Gloria, Neyder, a young construction worker.
The occasionally mysterious form of The Tower leaves a lot open for interpretation. While the calmly moving camera glides lovingly through the building, time and light pass. The result is a brave and poetic attempt to keep history alive.

International title
The Tower
Filmmaker
Sebastián Múnera
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Colombia, Mexico
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
78’
Language
Spanish
Producer
Augusto Sandino, Santiago García Galvan
Production Company
Schweizen Media Group, Itaca Films
Sales
Schweizen Media Group
Writer
Sebastián Múnera, Sebastián Múnera
Cinematography
Esteban Valencia
Editor
Rodrigo Ramos Estrada
Production Design
Julian Carvajal
Sound Design
Hector Ruiz, Christian Tapia
Music
Hector Ruiz, Juan Andrés Vergara, Carlos Vértiz Pani
Cast
Gloria González Roldán, Jorge Ortiz, Neyder Gallego