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SFFILM Festival


Directed by Alejandro Loayza Grisi

Bolivia | 87

28 Apr
Thu, Apr 28, 2022 at 6:00 pm PT


Elderly Quechua couple Virginio and Sisa live quiet, mundane lives in the Bolivian highlands tending to their herd of llamas. But the passage of time and an unusually long drought brought on by environmental change threaten their pastoral existence. When their grandson Clever comes to visit and help them with the animals, he also tries to persuade them to join him in the city where family can care for them. Bolivian director Alejandro Loayza Grisi employs luminous cinematography in this winner of the Sundance Film Festival World Cinema – Dramatic Grand Jury Prize winner, as he examines the intricate relationship between land and humanity in a drama that provides subtle commentary on the impact of climate crisis and the loss of indigenous traditions.

Director Alejandro Loayza Grisi

La Paz, Bolivia, native Alejandro Loayza Grisi studied communication at the Catholic University of Bolivia and advertising in Cordoba, Argentina. He has worked in various capacities in film, including as a cinematographer and producer. He makes his writing-directing debut with Utama (2022), winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.

Film Details

Language Spanish, Quechua

Year 2022

Premiere California

Runtime 87

Country Bolivia, Uruguay, France

Director Alejandro Loayza Grisi

Executive Producer Marcos Loayza Grisi

Producer Santiago Loayza Grisi, Federico Moreira

Writer Alejandro Loayza Grisi

Editor Fernando Epstein

Cinematographer Barbara Alvarez

Cast José Calcina, Santos Choque, Luisa Quispe

Closed Captions Closed captions are not available for this screening.

Audio Description Audio description is not available for this screening.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is not currently scheduled for this event. For more information about ASL interpretation at our events, e-mail ADA@SFFilm.org.