Cochochi

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    Cochochi

    Directed by

    Mexico, United Kingdom, Canada

    2007

    87 min

    • Spanish

    Drama

    Evaristo and Luis Antonio - indigenous brothers from the Sierra Tarahumara in northwest Mexico - have just graduated from boarding elementary school. Evaristo desires to continue his education, leading a bicultural life, where the Tarahumara, or Raramuri as they call themselves, have the opportunity to keep learning to speak, read and write in Spanish, the Mexican official language. Meanwhile Luis Antonio "Tony" is very happy to be done with school. Even though he is a smart kid and has won a grant to move on to high school, he prefers to live life in the ranch, where the kids grow up at a very young age. One morning the brothers are sent to deliver some medicine to a far away community. Tony asks their grandfather for permission to take his horse but the answer is no. Nevertheless, he decides to take it, even if Evaristo is not convinced. They take a wrong path that leads them to a narrow and deep canyon. The horse cannot go on so the boys tie it around a tree. When they come back for it the horse is no longer there. Both, angry and worried, walk in the forest looking for it; Tony thinks the horse was stolen while Evaristo is worried about the assignment. Arguing about this, they suddenly lose each other. Now each on their own continue the journey separately; Tony looks for the horse and ends up at an amusing party, while Evaristo is lonely in the canyons looking for the place to deliver the medicine. The trip becomes longer than expected. They can't go back without the horse.

    Awards

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    • Grand Jury Prize- Miami FF
    • Discovery Award- Toronto IFF

    Credits

    Cast
    Antonio Lerma Batista
    Evaristo Lerma Batista
    Screenplay
    Israel Cárdenas
    Laura Amelia Guzmán
    Cinematography
    Israel Cárdenas
    Laura Amelia Guzmán
    Editing
    Yibran Assaud
    Israel Cárdenas
    Production
    AURORA DOMINICANA
    Laura Amelia Guzmán

    Laura Amelia Guzmán

    Dominican Republic

    Our experience in cinema has helped us understand human relations and their complexities; how fragile or strong we can become.

    Scriptwriter, producer and director Laura Amelia Guzmán was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 1980 and attended the International Film School in Cuba. Since 2004 she lives between Dominican Republic and Mexico. She forms a directorial duo with her husband Israel Cárdenas. Together they run their production company Aurora Dominicana. Their latest film HOLY BEASTS (2019) premiered at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for two Panorama Audience Awards and a Teddy (Best Feature Film).

    Selected Filmography

    Israel Cárdenas

    Israel Cárdenas

    Mexico

    Our experience in cinema has helped us understand human relations and their complexities; how fragile or strong we can become.

    Israel Cárdenas (1980, Mexico) produced several projects, ranging from music videos and TV spots, to documentaries and short films. He forms a directorial duo with his wife Laura Amelia Guzmán. Together they run their production company Aurora Dominicana. Their latest film HOLY BEASTS (2019) premiered at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for two Panorama Audience Awards and a Teddy (Best Feature Film).

    Selected Filmography