The Embrace of the River

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    The Embrace of the River

    Los Abrazos del Rio

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    75 min

    • Spanish


    Sheffield Doc/Fest

    Deep in the waters of the Magdalena River, where they fish, Colombian farmers are accustomed to seeing the Mohan, a mythical river monster and a greater charmer who teases the fisherman, engrossing their wives and entangling their nets. But these days, the local people have an even greater fear than Mohan – the paramilitary. Now all the Magdalena River conceals in its depths are corpses… Stunning landscapes that fishermen say inhabited by spirits are succeeded by hard and straightforward accounts given by women who have lost a son, a brother.


    • Montgolfière d'Or Prize - Festival des 3 Continents


    Nicolás Rincón Gille
    Cédric Zoenen
    Nicolás Rincón Gille

    Nicolás Rincón Gille


    I make cinematic documentaries so that we can confront ourselves to a world we thought had ceased to exist, but which actually continues to live out the consequences of the past.

    After receiving a Bachelors in Economy in Bogotá, Nicolás Rincón Gille studied in Belgium at the INSAS. He worked as a cinematographer on a few films and directed three short films before embarking on his trilogy project dedicated to the richness of oral tradition in Columbia's countryside. The first part, THOSE WAITING IN THE DARK (2007), received the Joris Ivens Award at Cinéma du Réel, followed by the second part, THE EMBRACE OF THE RIVER (2010), which was awarded the Montgolfière d'Or Prize at the Festival des 3 Continents. WOUNDED NIGHT (2015) is the last part of the trilogy, awarded Special Mention from the International Jury at Cinéma de Réel and Best Film in the Colombian Competition at FICCI in 2016. His most recent short film, COLD KISSES (2016), was selected at the Cinéma du Réel.

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