The Calm After the Storm
Como el cielo después de llover

Director: Mercedes Gaviria Jaramillo
Colombia | 2020 | Spanish with English subtitles | 72 min

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Mercedes returns home from film school to join her father, Víctor Gaviria, in the shooting of his controversial feature film The Animal’s Wife. She seeks to define her craft as a filmmaker as she challenges the path of following in her famous father’s footsteps. When Mercedes was growing up, her father filmed their family incessantly, but never considered these home movies to be part of his art. In the encounter of both filmmakers’ ways of looking at cinema, her mother’s reticence and her brother’s stubbornness, Mercedes contemplates her family’s endless contradictions in order to find her own beginning.

Mar del Plata International Film Festival, Special Mention Youth Jury Award
The Calm After the Storm (2020) by young Colombian filmmaker Mercedes Gaviria, is a bright example of these new [Latin American] gazes, which aim to renew and rebuild new paths in Latin American filmmaking, and break away from ideologies rooted in past generations, by exposing and questioning them.” – DesistFilm, Ivonne Sheen

Mercedes regresa a su ciudad natal para acompañar el rodaje de la película de su pa- dre, Víctor. Un director que se ha encargado de registrar a su familia a lo largo del tiempo. Entre el encuentro de sus dos miradas, el si- lencio rotundo de su madre y la obstinación de su hermano, Mercedes abraza el tiempo compartido del archivo y las infinitas contra- dicciones de su familia para buscar allí su propio comienzo.

MERCEDES GAVIRIA JARAMILLO was born in Medellín, Colombia in 1992. She is a sound engineer and film director. In 2016 she became a faculty member in Film Direction at the Universidad del Cine. She participated with her short film Silencio antes, (2016) at FICCI and BAFICI in 2016. At BAFICI 2018 she won the ASA award for Best Sound of Las hijas del fuego by Albertina Carri. In 2018, she completed the Postgraduate Film Program at the Universidad Torcuato di Tella. For The Calm After the Storm, her first feature film, she participated in residencies such as Tres Puertos Cine and Walden. In 2018, it was selected for the Work in Progress of the Mar del Plata International Film Festival, and in 2019 in the Work in Progress of the Cartagena de Indias International Film Festival, Femme Revolution Film Fest of Mexico and the BAM (Bogota audiovisual market), and the Biennial of Young Art 2019 where she also premiered her short documentary While we are (2018). Mercedes is currently a professor of sound at FUC and a sound post-producer in her studio, Atalante.