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Utama

Directed by Alejandro Loayza Grisi
2022
Bolivia, France, Uruguay
87 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, Utama is an astonishing love story about an elderly Quechea couple in the Bolivian highlands fighting to preserve their way of life.
Winner of the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic at Sundance 2022, Utama is an astonishing love story about an elderly Indigenous Quechea couple in the Bolivian highlands fighting to preserve their way of life. Llama farmers Virginio (José Calcina) and Sisa (Luisa Quispe) have followed the same routine for years. But an extended period of drought poses an existential threat. The arrival of their grandson, Clever (Santos Choque), brings tension and throws their dilemma into sharp relief. Do Virginio and Sisa stay on and fight for survival and the preservation of their culture, or join the rest of their family in the city thereby giving up on their way of life forever? The immense power of Utama lies not only in its visual beauty, but in the tremendous performances by non-professional actors, and couple in real life, Calcina and Quispe. Director Loayza Grisi, while scouting for the film, came upon the two and approached them to appear in the film and was instantly rejected. But he persevered, and to great effect: their intimacy and evidence of a life-long shared is palpable. A beautifully shot film, to be savoured on the big screen, Utama is an exquisite love story in a time of tumult.
 
ALEJANDRO LOAYZA GRISI is a Bolivian filmmaker, who began his artistic career in photography before moving into cinematography working in both documentary and short film. Utama is his first feature film and won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic at Sundance 2022.

 Shortlisted for the Sustainable Future Award.
A strikingly beautiful work.
Wendy Ide, Screen Daily
Sublime, quietly elegiac feature debut.
Peter Debruge, Variety

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Alejandro Loayza Grisi
Director
Alejandro Loayza Grisi is a Bolivian filmmaker, who began his artistic career in photography before moving into cinematography working in both documentary and short film. Utama is his first feature film and won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic at Sundance 2022.

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Thu 9 Jun
6pm
State Theatre
Past Event Cancel
Fri 10 Jun
4pm
State Theatre
Past Event Cancel
Sat 11 Jun
6:15pm
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 1
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Official Competition
Year
2022
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
Bolivia, France, Uruguay
Language
In Spanish and Quechua with English subtitles
Director
Alejandro Loayza Grisi
Producer
Santiago Loayza Grisi, Federico Moreira
Cast
José Calcina, Luisa Quispe, Santos Choque
Screenwriter
Alejandro Loayza Grisi
Cinematographer
Barbara Alvarez
Editor
Fernando Epstein
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
First Nations, Environmental, Festival Award Winners, Central & South America
Company Credits
Sales Agent: Alpha Violet
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