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Utama

Directed by Alejandro Loayza Grisi

Release: 2022
Runtime: 87
Country: Bolivia, Uruguay, France
Language: Spanish, Quechua

In the arid Bolivian highlands, an elderly Quechua couple has been living a tranquil life for years. While he takes their small herd of llamas out to graze, she keeps house and walks for miles with the other local women to fetch precious water. When an uncommonly long drought threatens everything they know, Virginio and Sisa must decide whether to stay and maintain their traditional way of life or admit defeat and move in with family members in the city. Their dilemma is precipitated by the arrival of their grandson Clever, who comes to visit with news. The three of them must face, each in their own way, the effects of a changing environment, the importance of tradition, and the meaning of life itself. This visually jaw-dropping debut feature by photographer-turned-filmmaker Alejandro Loayza Grisi is lensed by award-winning cinematographer Barbara Alvarez (Lucrecia Martel’s The Headless Woman) and won the Grand Jury Prize (World Cinema Dramatic) at the Sundance Film Festival.

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Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner - World Cinema Dramatic
Certified Fresh Rotten Tomatoes

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Technical Info

  • Aspect Ratio: 2:39.1
  • Color: Color
  • Formats: Blu-ray, DVD

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a/perture cinema Winston Salem 1669957200December 2 - December 23, 2022
Bear Tooth Theatrepub Anchorage 1668402000November 14 - November 24, 2022
Brattle Theatre Cambridge 1668747600November 18 - November 20, 2022
Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland 1669870800December 1 - December 3, 2022
DeBartolo Performing Arts Center Notre Dame 1669957200December 2 - December 4, 2022
Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit 1669957200December 2 - December 5, 2022
Digital Gym Cinema San Diego 1668747600November 18 - December 9, 2022
Film Forum New York 1667534400November 4 - November 25, 2022
Flint Institute of Arts Flint 1672981200January 6 - January 8, 2023
Gateway Film Center Columbus 1670562000December 9 - December 18, 2022
Gene Siskel Film Center Chicago 1668142800November 11 - November 18, 2022
Hippodrome Theatre Gainesville 1670562000December 9 - December 19, 2022
Honolulu Museum of Art Honolulu 1668747600November 18 - November 26, 2022
Laemmle Theatres Los Angeles 1668142800November 11 - December 2, 2022
Lake Worth Playhouse Lake Worth 1669957200December 2 - December 5, 2022
Lascaux Micro Theater Buckhannon 1669957200December 2 - December 17, 2022
Living Room Boca Boca Raton 1668747600November 18 - December 9, 2022
Living Room Portland Portland 1668747600November 18 - December 9, 2022
Lumiere Cinema Los Angeles 1668747600November 18 - December 9, 2022
Northwest Film Forum Seattle 1673586000January 13 - January 20, 2023
Oklahoma City Museum of Art Oklahoma City 1670043600December 3 - December 5, 2022
Real Art Ways Hartford 1669957200December 2 - December 8, 2022
Roxie Theater San Francisco 1672376400December 30, 2022 - January 6, 2023
Savoy Theatre Montpelier 1669957200December 2 - December 11, 2022
Speed Art Museum Louisville 1668747600November 18 - November 20, 2022