The Greatest House in the World

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    The Greatest House in the World

    La casa más grande del mundo

    Directed by

    • Ana V. Bojórquez, Lucía Carreras

    Guatemala, Mexico

    2015

    74 min

    • Spanish

    Drama

    Every morning the herd has to be taken out to graze in the mountains and then brought home again at night. Every day Rocío, a wistful Mayan girl living in the Guatemalan highlands, accompanies her pregnant mother while she tends the sheep. When her mother goes into premature labour, Rocío has to tend the sheep on her own. She is really too young for the job but there is no other way. As ever, Rocío whiles away the time with a friend, building the largest houses in the world with little stones. And then, all of a sudden it has happened: one sheep – the smallest – is missing. Her friend cannot help in the search for long because she has to take her own animals back home. Left on her own, Rocío guides her flock through the rugged mountains in pursuit of the lost lamb. When she finally finds it, she loses the rest of the herd. Things could not get worse. Night begins to fall. What should she do? As the fog rises she has to make her way over a swaying rope bridge and into unfamiliar territory. Left to fend for herself, Rocío manages to rise above herself and conquer her fears. Poetically, we come full circle, as one girl grows up and another enters the world.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Gloria López
    María López
    Myriam Bravo
    Fabiana Ortiz de Domingo
    Elder Escobedo
    Daniel Ramírez
    Screenplay
    Ana V. Bojórquez
    Lucía Carrera
    Cinematography
    Álvaro Rodríguez
    Editing
    León Felipe González
    Music
    Pascual Reyes
    Production
    PRISMA CINE
    Sales
    MPM PREMIUM
    Lucía Carreras

    Lucía Carreras

    Mexico

    With a Master's Degree in screen writing from the Intercontinental University and Hamlin University in the U.S. she has consolidated herself as a writer receiving the Writers Support and the Project Development granted by the Mexican Film Institution with two differents feature film scripts NOS VEMOS, PAPA (SEE YOU, DAD) and SUERTE DE ETERNIDAD, which also won in 2009 the Alejandro Galindo Award. She is co-writer of the film LA CAMA (THE BED) directed by Rafael Montero and ANO BISIESTO (LEAP YEAR) from director Michael Rowe. AS a director she has carried out several short films such as GUADALAJARA Y LA NOCHE, LA PUERTA, EMILIO and JACINTO PATA SAGRADA. Her feature film debut SEE YOU, DAD (2011). Her film THE GREATEST HOUSE IN THE WORLD (2015), which she co-directed with Ana V. Bojórquez, was selected for the Berlinale Generation.

    Selected Filmography

    Ana V. Bojórquez

    Ana V. Bojórquez

    Guatemala

    Born in Guatemala City in 1978, she first studied communications there, followed by cinematography at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV in Cuba and then production at Stuttgart Media University in Germany. She received awards from the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC) and the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana for her cinematography on the short film THE GARDEN OF THE FOUNDLING. LA CASA MÁS GRANDE DEL MUNDO is her feature film debut which she developed whilst participating in Berlinale Talents 2012.