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THE GREAT MOVEMENT (2022)
El Gran Movimiento (original title)
1h 25min   Drama   Language: Spanish   Subtitles: English 
Cert: 15

 

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SYNOPSIS

In present-day Bolivia, Elder takes a week-long walk to La Paz alongside his young miner friends to demand a reinstatement of their job. However, Elder suddenly falls ill, causing him to suffer frequent choking and shortness of breath after having found work in a local market. As his condition deteriorates, he enlists the help of the elderly Mamá Pancha, who sends him to Max – a homeless witch doctor, hermit, and clown – who could have the ability to bring Elder back to life.

'The Great Movement' was the winner of the Venice Horizons Special Jury Prize for Best Film at the 2021 Venice Film Festival, and has been confirmed as Bolivia’s official submission for the 2022 Oscars.

SCREENINGS

UK CINEMAS (click respective venue below to book tickets)

London - ICA

15 - 17, 19 - 21 April

London - CINE LUMIERE INSTITUT FRANCAIS

15 - 17, 21, 23 April

London - CURZON BLOOMSBURY

15 - 21 April

Manchester - HOME

15 - 20 April

Sheffield - SHOWROOM

29 April - 5 May

Colchester - FIRSTSITE

29 April, 3 May

Oxford - ULTIMATE PICTURE PALACE

29 April

Ipswich - KING STREET CINEMA

18 - 19 May
 

London - GENESIS CINEMA

23 May

Tyneside - TYNESIDE CINEMA

24 May

Inverness - EDEN COURT

25 - 26 May

Edinburgh - SUMMERHALL presented by CINEMAATTIC

26 May

CAST & CREW

Stars - Max Bautista Uchasara, Julio César Ticona, Israel Hurtado

Writer/Director - Kiro Russo

Producers - Pablo Paniagua, Miguel Angel Peñaloza, Alexa Rivero, Andreas Roald, Kiro Russo, Dan Wechsler, Jamal Zeinal Zade

PRESS QUOTES

“A beguiling and nightmarish look at Bolivia’s capital” VARIETY
 

“A triumph of cinema” CAIMÀN CUADERNOS DE CINE

“It’s a small miracle that such a stylistic pick and mix should cohere into something satisfying, but it does” SCREEN DAILY
 

“Resonant and engaging” EYE FOR FILM

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Writer/director Kiro Russo was born in La Paz, Bolivia. He trained at FUC Buenos Aires and directed and produced three short films which got significant exposure on the festivals circuit. In 2016, Kiro completed his first feature, ‘Dark Skull’, selected at 80 festivals and winning 23 awards, including at Locarno FF, and developed with the support of writing residencies (Tabakalera, Moulin d’Andé), film markets and labs (LoboLab, Ciné Latino, BRLab, Fabrique des Cinémas, Artist With Bright Future). ‘The Great Movement’ is Kiro Russo’s second feature film.

“I wanted to make a film about La Paz, with characters who could provide a singular point of view upon the city. I found these characters in Elder, a young miner, and in Max, a tramp whose peculiar positions in the society allowed me to observe the city as a whole, to see its systems, architecture and changes. Freely inspired by their lives, I imagined this story of illness and healing to take us into the heart of the social fabric of this city and reveal the lives of its invisibles.” - Kiro Russo

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