Dark Skull
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    Dark Skull

    Viejo calavera

    Directed by

    Bolivia, Qatar


    80 min

    • Spanish


    Elder Mamaní’s father has died, and it looks as if young Elder couldn’t care less, even though he has no one to take care of him now. He goes to live with his grandmother in the outskirts of the mining city, Huanuni, where Francisco, his godfather, gives him a job at the mine. But it doesn’t take long for Elder, who cares more about getting high and wandering through dangerous alleys at night, to mess it up. But he soon finds out about a dark secret regarding Francisco’s involvement in his father’s death…


    • Special Mention (Filmmakers of the Present) - FF Locarno
    • Special Mention (Spanish Cooperation Award) - San Sebastián IFF
    • FIPRESCI Award - Rio de Janeiro IFF
    • Special Jury Prize (International Competition) - FIC Valdivia
    • Audience Award - FIC Valdivia
    • Eurocks One + One award - Belfort IFF
    • Best Film (Official Dramatic) - Cartagena IFF
    • Special Jury Award, ADF Award - BAFICI
    • Grand Prize - IndieLisboa



    Julio Cesar Ticoa
    Narciso Choquecallata
    Anastasia Daza López
    Rolando Patzi
    Israel Hurtado
    Elisabeth Ramírez Galván
    Kiro Russo
    Gilmar Gonzales
    Pablo Paniagua
    Kiro Russo
    Pablo Paniagua


    Marks itself as a modern work of neorealism.

    Claudio Alves, Magazine HD

    Kiro Russo

    Kiro Russo


    For a long time I was conflicted with the fact of making films that not everyone understood... And so I started looking to make more classical things. But my experience has shown me that what is needed is to make truly authentic Bolivian cinema.

    Born in La Paz, Kiro Russo is a director and producer. Trained at FUC Buenos Aires, he directed and produced three short films which got significant exposure on the festivals circuit. In 2016, Kiro completed his first feature, DARK SKULL (2016), selected at 80 festivals and winning 23 awards, including at Locarno FF. Developed with the support of writing residencies (Tabakalera, Moulin d’Andé), film markets and labs (LoboLab, Ciné Latino, BRLab, Fabrique des Cinémas, Artist with bright future, Qumra), his second feature, EL GRAN MOVIMIENTO (2021), was shot in La Paz and premiered at the Venice IFF, where it won an Special Orizzonti Jury Prize.

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