Alongside his countryside companions and with limited experience in the mines, the young Elder arrives in a La Paz chock full of contradictions. But the metropolis causes him to fall ill, intensified by the poor working conditions at the street market, as he finds himself on the threshold between life and death, dealing with beings from this and other worlds. Masterfully navigating social analysis, Amerindian cosmology, and an opaque dreamlike atmosphere, the filmmaker’s most recent feature film returns to his main mottos while crafting a synesthetic and idiosyncratic symphony of images and peoples, in a dizzying portrait of present-day Bolivia. (C. I.)
Born in La Paz, Kiro Russo has a degree in film direction from the University of Film Studies in Buenos Aires. He directed 4 short films and his debut feature, "Dark Skull" (2016), shot in 16mm, has been selected in over 80 festivals and won 23 awards, including the Special Jury Mention at the Locarno Film Festival in 2016 and the Jury Award at the Valdivia FF. His second feature film, "The Great Movement", won the special jury award at the Venice International Film Festival (2022) and has been screened in several festivals around the world.