El gran movimiento

  • 85'
  • Bolivia
  • 2021

In Bolivian director Kiro Russo’s second feature – a sequel to 2016’s Dark Skull – amateur actor Julio César Ticona once again plays Elder, an unemployed miner’s son. After a long march, he and his friends arrive in La Paz, looking for work in the mines. Their mission is fruitless, however. The film follows Elder and his two comrades, in their desperate attempts to earn at least some money in the enormous city. In the meantime, Elder becomes increasingly ill.

Russo’s almost documentary approach is interlarded with magic-realist elements, such as the dream-like scenes, in which shaman Max tries to heal the dying miner. Russo also occasionally zooms in (until the images become abstract) on La Paz, a city that consists of an impossible tangle of people, traffic and movement that, together, constitute a fascinating soundtrack. El Gran Movimiento won the Horizon Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival.

Director
Kiro Russo
Countries of production
Bolivia, France, Switzerland, Qatar
Production Year
2021
Festival Edition
IFFR 2022
Length
85'
Medium
DCP
Language
Spanish
Producers
Pablo Paniagua, Alexa Rivero, Dan Wechsler
Production Companies
Socavón, Altamar Films, Bord Cadre Films
Sales
Best Friend Forever
Screenplay
Kiro Russo
Cinematography
Pablo Paniagua
Editor
Kiro Russo, Pablo Paniagua, Felipe Gálvez Haberle
Sound Design
Mauricio Quiroga Kiro, Mercedes Tennina, Juan Pedro Razzari, Emmanuel Croset
Music
Miguel Llanque, Midnight Driver, Anton Vlasov
Cast
Julio César Ticona, Max Eduardo Bautista Uchasara, Francisca Arce de Aro, Israel Hurtado, Gustavo Milán Ticona