Juan Pablo Polanco, César Alejandro Jaimes | Colombia 2019 | 75 Min. | OmeU
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In the middle of the Colombian Guajira desert, a young Wayuu woman, Doris, exhumes her cousin’s remains so that she can meet her one last time. The sense-finding journey rooted in this tradition leads Doris to face death and merge the world of dreams with the living world.
The filmmakers accompany indigenous women in their engagement with cosmology and death and submit themselves entirely to this worldview in their cinematic design. Using hypnotic sensory technology, LAPÜ encourages rethinking western concepts of loss and time and one’s own way of dealing with death.
Direction: César Jaimes & Juan Pablo Polanco
Production: Julián Quintero
Assistant Director: Manuel Ponce
Investigation Director: Canela Reyes
Cinematography: Angello Faccini
Sound: Yesid Vasquez
International Competition – Special Mention Jury Prize – DMZ International Documentary Film Festival 2019
What the Doc! Award – DocsBarcelona 2019
Best Director – Global Cinema Film Festival of Boston 2019
Best Cinematography – Global Cinema Film Festival of Boston 2019
Jury Prize – Moscow International Documentary Film Festival DOKer 2019
Sundance FF, Berlinale, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, The Cartagena Film Festival – FICCI, CPH:DOX, Global Cinema Film Festival of Boston, The Colombian Film Festival, Moscow International Documentary Film Festival DOKer, San Francisco International Film Festival, Kaliningrad International Film Festival “On the Edge: West”, Beldocs International Documentary Film Festival, DOCUMENTAMADRID, DocsBarcelona International Documentary Film Festival, New Horizons IFF, Montréal First Peoples’ Festival Présence autochtone, Festival de Cine de Lima, Lessinia Film Festival, AricaDoc, DMZ International Documentary Film Festival , Zurich Film Festival, Astra Film Festival, Antenna Documentary Film Festival, Leeds International Film Festival, Roma Independent Film Festival, Frontera-Sur, Cámara Lúcida, Anthropological Film Festival at the Jerusalem Cinematheque, Tulum International Film Festival (FICTU), Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano, Anthology Film Archives in New York City, Vilnius Documentary Film Festival
Juan Pablo Polanco was born in Bogotá, Colombia. He studied fine arts at the Pontifical Xavierian University in Bogotá and filmmaking at ECAM in Madrid. He is co-founder of the Colombian production company Los Niños Films, with which he made his short film Portete and his first feature film, Lapü.
César Alejandro Jaimes studied photography and filmmaking in his hometown of Bogotá, Colombia. He is co-founder of the production company Los Niños Films. Death and dreamlike experiences are his main object of study and inspired him to write his debut feature film Lapü.