Early in the morning, fisherman José returns to his house after a long night of fishing. But instead of being welcomed by his three children, he finds only his crying daughter Carmen. She tells him that her brothers Dionisio and Rafael were kidnapped at night by paramilitary troops. José is pretty sure they were shot and their bodies thrown into the river. He has no choice but to return to the river and search for the remains of his sons. A dangerous journey that could cost him his life, but it has to be done, because their souls will never find rest without a proper burial.
In his first feature film, which he also wrote, director Nicolás Rincón Gille wants to give a voice to everyone who lost loved ones in the Colombian civil war. He does so at the pace at which the river calmly flows through the landscape.
NICOLÁS RINCÓN GILLE (1973, Colombia) worked as a cinematographer and directed shorts before making his documentary trilogy Campo hablado. The trilogy’s three parts: En lo escondido (2007), Los abrazos del río (2010) and Noche herida (2015) all picked up signifi cant awards. Tantas Almas is his first fiction feature, and won Best Feature at Marrakech International Film Festival and Best Film at Nantes Three Continents.