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Original version: 

Espagnol

Director: 

Alejandro Loayza Grisi

Country: 

  • Bolivia
  • Uruguay

Year: 

2021

Length: 

87 min

Scriptwriter: 

Alejandro Loayza Grisi

Editor: 

Fernando Epstein

Composer: 

Cergio Prudencio, Ferando Cabrera

Director of photography: 

Bárbara Alvarez

Actors: 

José Calcina (Virginio)
Luisa Quisle (Sisa)
Santos Choque (Clever)

Production: 

Synopsis : 

In the arid Bolivian highlands, an elderly Quechua couple has been living the same daily life for years. In the midst of a drought, Virginio (80) falls ill and, aware of his imminent death, lives out his last days hiding his illness from Sisa (81). He is also reluctant to migrate to the city like the rest of the community. Everything is precipitated by the arrival of her grandson Clever (23), who comes to visit with news. The three of them will face, each in their own way, the drought, the changes and the meaning of life.

Supports: 

Laboratories :
- Produire au Sud (Nantes 2017)
- APost Lab (Sardegna – Italia 2018)
- Laboratorio de Guión Festival de Cine de la Orquidea (Cuenca Ecuador 2018)
 

Assistance and prizes.
- Programa Ibermedia, ayuda a la coproducción Iberoamericana
- Fondo Concursable PIU del Ministerio de Obras Públicas (Bol)
- Focuart Fondo municipal de Fomento (Bol)
- Fondo de Co Producción Minoritaria ICAU (UY)
- PUA Apoyo a la finalización de Peliculas (UY)

Alejandro Loayza Grisi

Director's biography: 

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.

Filmography: 

- Planeta Bolivia, 2016, (DOP)
- Dochera, 2018, (DOP)
- Aicha, 2019 (DOP)
- Polvo, 2017 (DOP)
- Utama, 2021 (Director)

Production notes: 

Alma Films,  a company with more than 20 years of experience in the audiovisual industry with 8 full-length titles. I have been the head producer of the company for the past 11 years. Utama, an official co-production between Bolivia and Uruguay is a film that examines the consequences of human behavior on the environment, a story that invites us to reflect on the sense of belonging and bonds, where the characters face the dilemma of resisting or being defeated by their surroundings.

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