Wednesday, Sept 13 at 4:15 PM

Director: Roberto Andrés Flores Muñoz
Peru | 2023 | Spanish and Quechua with English subtitles | 70 min | Drama

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Raúl studies in one of the most expensive private English schools in Lima, thanks to his father, Máximo, who is a teacher there and the school photographer. However, Raúl has never felt that he fits in. He counts the days for the year to end and waits to see if he will win a scholarship to a university abroad in Madrid.

A sudden change forces Raúl to rethink his life and dreams. This situation takes him on a journey to reconnect with his father’s community that he left as a child and to uncover the power of his roots.

This film knows how to hold the viewer’s attention through the expressions and journeys of its main character, allowing us to connect with him and explore his emotions. Whether through collective or solo scenes, we always understand the sway of his indecision. The filmmaking style dares to explore formats, different camera movements, and a circular chronology. The most important thing is the quality of the ethnographic history where it exposes reality and belonging on the one hand, and the dream plus the escape on the other.

José Luis Cano, VLAFF Programmer

Roberto Andrés Flores Muñoz

Roberto Flores Muñoz is the director of Saqras Films. His work addresses issues related to identity from a self-referential approach. His short film La última función (2015) won the National Short Film Contest organized by the Ministry of Culture of Peru. He has had short films selected in events such as Bogoshorts (Colombia), the New Latin American Cinema Festival of La Habana (Cuba), Cinélatino Rencontres de Toulouse (France), among others. El huatrila is his first feature film.