Dark Skull

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    Dark Skull

    Viejo calavera

    Directed by

    Bolivia, Qatar

    2016

    80 min

    • Spanish

    Drama

    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…

    Awards

    • 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

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Julio Cesar Ticoa
    Narciso Choquecallata
    Anastasia Daza López
    Rolando Patzi
    Israel Hurtado
    Elisabeth Ramírez Galván
    Screenplay
    Kiro Russo
    Gilmar Gonzales
    Cinematography
    Pablo Paniagua
    Editing
    Kiro Russo
    Pablo Paniagua
    Production
    SOCAVON CINE

    Press

    Marks itself as a modern work of neorealism.

    Claudio Alves, Magazine HD

    Kiro Russo

    Kiro Russo

    Bolivia

    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.

    Director, producer and screenwriter Kiro Russo was born in La Paz, Bolivia in 1984. He studied Film Directing in Buenos Aires. He filmed the shorts ENTERPRISSE (2010), JUKU (2012), which premiered at Sundance FF and was awarded at IndieLisboa, Ficunam and Kaohsiung FF. DARK SKULL is his first feature film, selected to premiere at the FF Locarno.

    Selected Filmography