Director Alejandro Loayza received no less than two awards during the Award ceremony of WCA 2022: both the Jury Award and the Audience Award. His film Utama can be seen in cinemas from June 8.
The lives of Virginio and his wife Sisa, an older Quechua couple, have not become any easier since no rain has fallen for a very long time in the place where they have been living for years: the Highlands of Bolivia. The local river is also starting to dry up, while water is essential for their existence as llama herders. In fact, they have no choice but to move to the nearby capital, La Paz, something their visiting grandson Clever is also trying to convince them of. They don't want to leave, however; their life here may be Spartan, but it is also the life they love.
Anyone who hears about climate change will not immediately think of its consequences for life in the Andean highlands. In this sublime, self-written debut, Bolivian director Alejandro Loayza shows that the consequences are far-reaching here too. He presents his film in a meditative pace, with breathtakingly beautiful images. Not surprisingly, the film was awarded numerous times.
Pre-premiere at Rialto VU
There is good news for those who can't wait for the official release. Utama can be seen in preview this weekend - Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June - at Rialto VU.