Ceniza Negra
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    Ceniza Negra

    Land of Ashes

    Directed by

    Costa Rica, Argentina, Chile, France

    2019

    82 min

    • Spanish

    Drama

    Selva (13) lives in a Caribbean coastal town. After the sudden disappearance of her only motherly figure, Selva is the only one left to take care of her grandfather, who doesn’t want to live anymore. Between mysterious shadows and wild games, she debates whether helping her grandfather achieve his desire, even though this might mean going through her last moments of childhood alone.

    Awards

    • Best Film (International Critics Week Prize) - Cairo IFF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Smachleen Gutiérrez
    Humberto Samuels
    Hortensia Smith
    Keha Brown
    Screenplay
    Sofía Quirós Ubeda
    Cinematography
    Francisca Saéz Agurto
    Editing
    Ariel Escalante Meza
    Music
    Wissam Hojeij
    Sales
    TOTEM FILMS
    Production
    SPUTNIK FILMS

    Press

    Intimate, with a feather-light touch, LAND OF ASHES explores mourning with a perspective which is both naively childlike and full of ancient mystery and magic.

    Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

    A beautiful, just-so story.

    Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter

    Surely one of the most entrancing first features of the year.

    Jessica Kiang, Variety

    Sofía Quirós Ubeda

    Sofía Quirós Ubeda

    Costa Rica

    Sofía Quirós Ubeda was born in Argentina in 1989 but lived most of her childhood in Costa Rica. In 2011, she directed her first short film, THE OTHER SIDE, which won the award for best documentary at the Argentinian Festival REC. In 2015, her second short, INSIDE LAND, was screened at a number of festivals, including Clermont-Ferrand. Her following short film, SELVA, selected as part of the competition of the 56th Semaine de la Critique. Her latest feature-length LAND OF ASHES (2019) had its world premiere at La Semaine de la Critique.

    Selected Filmography