Sanctorum

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    Sanctorum

    Directed by

    Mexico, Qatar, Dominican Republic

    2019

    84 min

    • Spanish

    Drama, Fantasy

    In a small, forgotten town surrounded by tree-covered mountains lives a small boy and his mother. Traditional life in the town has been uprooted ever since it got caught in the crossfire of the war between the military and the cartels. With few opportunities for work and not enough money to move somewhere else, the mother cultivates marijuana for the cartels. One day, she does not return from work. Struck with grief, the grandmother tells the little boy to go into the forest and pray to the sun, the wind, and the water so that they will return his mother unharmed. As the soldiers arrive and the villagers prepare for their last stand, the awesome power of nature manifests itself.

    Awards

    • Best Director - Morelia IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Erwin Antonio Pérez Jiménez
    Nereyda Pérez Vásquez
    Virgen Vázquez Torres
    Javier Bautista González
    Damián Dositelo Martínez Vásquez
    Ofelia Díaz Gómez
    Medardo Díaz Gutiérrez
    Screenplay
    Joshua Gil
    Cinematography
    Mateo Gúzman
    Joshua Gil
    Editing
    Joshua Gil
    León Felipe González
    Yibrán Asuad
    Music
    Galo Duran
    Production
    PARABOLA CINE
    Production
    CACEROLA FILMS
    Production
    VIENTO DEL NORTE CINE
    Production
    TELEGRAMA AUDIOVISUAL
    Sales
    PLUTO FILM
    Joshua Gil

    Joshua Gil

    Mexico

    One of the paths of SANCTORUM, is spirituality and a constant exploration of the emotions, thoughts and energy that moves us during life.

    Joshua Gil graduated with a Masters in Cinematography from the School of Cinema and Audiovisuals of Catalonia (ESCAC) in Barcelona, Spain. He began his professional career in the photography department of the film JAPAN (2002) by Carlos Reygadas. He subsequently developed as a director of photography in short films, feature films and documentaries while deepening his studies abroad with filmmakers such as Patricio Guzman and The Quay Brothers. In 2007, he began his career as a director of documentaries, publicity and television series. In 2015, he directed his first feature film LA MALDAD selected at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival. His latest film SANCTORUM (2019) was the closing film at the 34th Venice International Film Critics Week.

    Selected Filmography