Corteza, the most original short film in German film festival
The Colombian film was a prizewinner at the Filmschoolfest Munich and tells the story of Lilia, a 71-year-old woman who observes how Alzheimer’s disease transforms her body and mind.Bogotá D. C., 28 de noviembre de 2016 — Agencia de Noticias UN-
The story shows the toils of a woman who sees her body and mind transform due to Alzheimer´s disease.
The film was directed by Paloma Rincón and produced by Sebastián Martínez, Universidad Nacional de Colombia (UNal) School of Cinema and TV students who presented the short film as their undergraduate thesis project.
The film stars Lilia Salazar and Catalina Mosquera and describes the bathing routine of a woman with a degenerative mental disease who has filled her world with noises and murmurs.
“Corteza alludes to skin and exploring textures. On one hand the body of an old lady which is in another mental and physical dimension and on the other a robust black woman who bathes her,” said Martínez.
The film was bestowed the Wolfgang Längsfeld award for the “Most original short film” during the 36th edition of the Filmschoolfest Munich. The festival gathered close to 50 short films carried out by school of cinema students from around the world.
The award won by Corteza was one of 12 awards provided by the festival this year and one of the most important as it acknowledges filmmakers capable of showing lonely people in front of a camera, to learn from them, not only in shadows but also in large format.
The film competed with audiovisual products from countries such as Finland, Russia, Israel and Germany and also had the advisory services of UNal School of Cinema and TV Professor Carlos Eduardo Barriga.
“The film shows the body of a woman in a bathroom scene. The idea behind the story was to show aging in a visual manner, discovering the intimacy of the body and observing the differences between her caregiver and reference the transit to other worlds,” said Martínez.
The film was shot in a bathroom set built exclusively for the movie with enough space to help camera rotations.
Ramses Benjumea Torres was in charge of Art Direction, whom also worked on Embrace of the Serpent (2015) and Karen cries in the bus (2011), among others.
According to Martínez, one of the most relevant aspects of the short film is that it transcends its form among the cinematography doctrines and makes hybridizations between formats to provide new ways of expression.
For now, the film is applying to the Cine de Cartagena de Indias International Film Festival and hopes to continue participating in national and international film festivals.
In 2014 the project won the “Stimulus for short film fiction production” bestowed by the Proimágenes Colombia Film Development Fund (FDC). The FDC has been part of the 15th Edition of the Uruguayan International Cinema School Festival, the Uruguay Cinema School, and the «Signes de Nuit» International Film Festival.(Por: End/