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Alejandro Loayza Grisi


Director Alejandro Loayza Grisi Composer Cergio Prudencio Cast José Calcina, Luisa Quispe, Santos Choque
87' - 2022 - Drama - Dialogue: Spanish, Quechua
An elderly couple's struggle ruthless nature on a plateau in South America is given a grandiose cinematic translation. A dazzling debut.
In the arid Bolivian highlands, an elderly Quechua couple has been living the same daily routine for years. When an uncommonly long drought threatens their entire way of life, Virginio and Sisa face the dilemma of resisting or being defeated by the passage of time. Everything is precipitated by the arrival of their grandson Clever, who comes to visit with news. In Alejandro Loayza Grisi’s astonishing feature debut, the three of them will face, each in their own way, the environment, the necessity for change, and the meaning of life itself.
“Photographer Alejandro Loayza Grisi makes a stunning transition to cinema in this portrait of an Indigenous couple threatened by drought on the Altiplano. They refuse to relocate to the nearby city of La Paz, even as mountain glaciers melt, rains become less reliable and their herd of llamas slowly succumb to dehydration.” - Variety

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Alejandro Loayza Grisi


Cergio Prudencio


José Calcina, Luisa Quispe, Santos Choque


Alejandro Loayza Grisi

Director of Photography

Barbara Alvarez


Fernando Epstein


Santiago Layza Grisi, Federico Moreira

Co producers

Jean-Baptiste Bailly-Maitre

Production studios

Alma Films, La Mayor Cine

More info


Spanish, Quechua

Countries of production

Bolivia, Uruguay, France




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