Guatemala, 2018. The whole country is immersed in the trial of the soldiers who sparked the civil war. Victim statements come one after another. Ernesto is a young anthropologist working for the Forensic Foundation; his job is to identify the missing. One day, while hearing the account of an old woman, he thinks he has found a lead that might guide him to his father, a guerrillero who went missing during the war. Against his mother’s wishes, he flings himself body and soul into the case, looking for truth and resilience.
- SACD Award - La Semaine de la Critique
- Caméra d'Or - Cannes IFF
- Belgium's Submission for the 92nd Academy Awards
- Critics' Jury Award (First Feature Competition) - FIFF Namur
- Armando Espitia
- Emma Dib
- Aurelia Caal
- Julio Serrano Echeverría
- Victor Moreira
- César Díaz
- Virginie Surdej
- Damien Maestraggi
- Rémi Boubal
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Throughout his film, Diaz eschews dramatic highs in favour of solidly nuanced observations.
The tale is carried by the singular destiny of Ernesto — wonderfully played by Armando Espitia as a fragile young man full of questions — and his mother — Emma Dib — who carries within herself the grief of a whole nation as well as the suffering of a woman.
Once we’ve all finished killing each other, what do we do with our dead? How do we heal our wounds? We need to take a look at the scars of our past. It has to start with individuals, to repair the country.
César Diaz was born in Guatemala in 1978. After studying in Mexico and Belgium, he joined the screenwriting course at La FEMIS in Paris. He has been editing fiction and documentaries for over ten years. He also directed the SEMILLAS DE CENIZAS (2010) short documentaries, screened at two dozen international film festivals, as well as TERRITORY LIBERADO (2015), which won the IMCINE award in Mexico. OUR MOTHERS (2019), his first narrative feature, was selected for the 58th Semaine de la Critique, where it won the Camera d'Or and SACD Award. His latest work is the film MEXICO 1986 (2021), selected at FNC Forum 2021.