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Land of Ashes Unclassified 18+
Ceniza Negra

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“Surely one of the most entrancing first features of the year … teems with verdant, ungovernable life, made somehow more magically intense by the constant, hovering proximity of death.” – Variety

Selva’s mother is gone in body, but her spirit lingers. The 13-year-old dotes on her ailing grandfather, but she cares more about him than vice-versa. And with elderly local woman Elena, she weathers a tumultuous love/hate relationship – until that, like much in her life, also proves fleeting.

Writer/director Sofía Quirós Ubeda (MIFF 2017 short film Selva) makes her full-length filmmaking debut with this intimate, ethereal drama – which, when it premiered at Cannes this year, became the first Costa Rican feature to screen competitively at the festival. Led by Smachleen Gutiérrez in a luminous, star-making performance, this is a spellbinding coming-of-age story that’s shot with dreamlike lushness and teems with emotional tenderness.

“Ubeda clearly has a sharp eye, storytelling skills and a knack with coaxing performances from non-professionals that bodes very well for the future.” – The Hollywood Reporter


Read an interview with director Sofía Quirós Ubeda on our blog
Guests: Sofía Quirós Ubeda

Tickets

4241
Mon 05 Aug 9:00 pm [4241]
Land of Ashes (82 mins)
Kino 2 Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access100% Subtitles
Past event
3331
Wed 07 Aug 6:30 pm [3331]
Land of Ashes (82 mins)
Kino 1 Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access100% Subtitles
Past event
This session is bookable on a pass

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Key Cast
Smachleen Gutierrez, Hortensia Smith, Humberto Samuels
Director
Sofía Quirós Ubeda
Producers
Cecilia Salim, Mariana Murillo, Matías Echeverría, Millaray Cortés, Samuel Chauvin
Screenwriter
Sofía Quirós Ubeda
Cinematographer
Francisca Saez Agurto
Composer
Wissam Hojeij
Editor
Ariel Escalante Meza
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere
Format
Digital
Company Credit
World Sales: Totem Films

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