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Valley of Souls

Directed by
Nicolas Rincón Gille

Status . Completed

Country . Colombia, Belgium, Brazil, France

Original Title . Tantas Almas

Year . 2019

Language . Spanish

Domestic Release . Cine Colombia (Fall 2020)

Genre . Drama

Runtime . 137

Colombia, on the banks of Magdalena Medio, 2002.

José returns to his home deep in the jungle after a long fishing night to discover that paramilitary forces killed his two sons, Dionisio and Rafael, and threw their bodies into the river.

José begins a lonely journey to retrieve and provide a proper burial for his boys preventing their tormented souls from being stuck in this world. Aboard his canoe, José discovers the magic of a country torn in pieces.

DIRECTOR

After receiving a Bachelors in Economy in Bogotá, Nicolás Rincón Gille studied in Belgium at the INSAS. He worked as a cinematographer on a few films and directed three short films before embarking on his trilogy project dedicated to the richness of oral tradition in Columbia's countryside.


The first part, THOSE WAITING IN THE DARK (2007), received the Joris Ivens Award at Cinéma du Réel, followed by the second part, THE EMBRACE OF THE RIVER (2010), which was awarded the Montgolfière d'Or Prize at the Festival des 3 Continents. WOUNDED NIGHT (2015) is the last part of the trilogy, awarded Special Mention from the International Jury at Cinéma de Réel and Best Film in the Colombian Competition at FICCI in 2016.


His most recent short film, COLD KISSES (2016), was selected at the Cinéma du Réel.

CAST & CREW

CAST
Arley de Jesús Carvallido Lobo

PRODUCERS

Medio de Contención Producciones


COPRODUCERS

Neon Rouge / NRW SPRL

STO Lat Films

Tact Production (The Mercy of the Jungle)

DOP

Juan Sarmiento G. (Central Airport THF)


EDITOR

Cedric Zoenen

FESTIVALS AND AWARDS

BUSAN - FLASH FORWARD COMPETITION

ROME IFF

FESTIVAL DES 3 CONTINENTS (MENTION SPECIALE DU JURY)

MARRAKECH IFF (GOLDEN STAR FOR BEST FILM)

TROMSO IFF

IFF ROTTERDAM

LUXEMBOURG CITY FF

GLASGOW IFF

TAIPEI IFF

TRANSILVANIA IFF

“An immersive, riveting, exceptional debut,
(…) a film of astonishing power. The way the
swampy air feels thick with faith, phantasm
and fear recalls masterful Embrace of the Serpent.”

“Arresting and accomplished, (...)
striking widescreen cinematography.”