Aymara with English subtitles | 86 min
Director: Óscar Catacora
Saturday, August 25th
7:30pm @ SFU Woodward's | Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
Thursday, August 30th
2:30pm @ The Cinematheque
Like the elderly couple in Ozu’s wonderful Tokyo Story (1953), the main characters of Wiñaypacha carry upon their bent backs the sadness of being forgotten by their son. Nonetheless, they do not invest in anger nor build up blame. They spend their days weaving the blanket that keeps them warm on cold nights, chewing on coca leaves, and dreaming of a wind that will bring their firstborn back home. This debut film by Óscar Catacora draws with delicate lines the emotional story of his grandparents who taught him to speak Aymara when he was seven years old and his parents sent him to live with them in the highlands of Acora. Wiñaypacha, the first Peruvian feature film in the Aymara language, imprints upon the screen panoramic postcard images painted with the nostalgic breath of a zen-like couple who, despite their solitude, wake up every morning embraced by the illusion of hope. - Mar del Plata Film Festival
A work that exhibits an artistic maturity... a great stylistic coherence, a commitment to authenticity, and a dedication to the recognition of Aymara cultural values. -Juan José Beteta, Cinencuentro.com
Como la pareja de ancianos de Cuentos de Tokio, la maravillosa película de Ozu filmada en 1953, los protagonistas de Wiñaypacha cargan sobre sus espaldas encorvadas la tristeza de ser olvidados por su hijo. Sin embargo, no invierten en enojo ni acumulan reproches. Pasan sus días tejiendo las frazadas que les dan calor por las frías noches, mastican coca y sueñan con que algún viento pueda traer a su primogénito de regreso a casa.
Filmography: Wiñaypacha (Eternidad) (2017)
Óscar Catacora was born in 1987 in the community of Huaychani, Peru, to a farming family. He studied at the Professional Art School of the Universidad Nacional del Altiplano, and quit his studies in order to enlist in the Peruvian army. In 2011, he began studying Social Communication Sciences at UNA. He wrote and directed El sendero del chulo (2007), in which he also acted, and La venganza del Súper Cholo (2013).