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Colombia, late 1990s: Amparo is a single mother of two, Karen (12) and Elias (18), struggling to make ends meet. She balances tough work shifts and the sole care of her children with a string of hopeless romances. Her biggest concern is that Elias seems set on dropping out of school, as the military are forcefully recruiting kids off the street. In the attempt to change the bleak view for her son’s near future, Amparo must take on a journey full of obstacles, humiliation, and dirty money. In a society run by men, corruption, and violence, she has no option but to make do with whatever resources are available to her.

First-time director Simón Mesa Soto impressed us with this powerful social drama, seemingly inspired by the Belgian Dardenne brothers. «Amparo» is Spanish for «protection», which seems fitting when the film revolves around the story of a mother fighting for her child. The story is narrated in a confident cinematic language, which grows increasingly intense the further Amparo has to push herself to save her son.

Lasse Skagen

Director

Simón Mesa Soto (f. 1986) studerte audiovisuell kommunikasjon ved Universidad de Antioquia, før han tok sin mastergrad ved London Film School. Med kortfilmen Leidi vant han gullpalmen for beste kortfilm i Cannes i 2014. Amparo (2021) er hans første fullengdes spillefilm.

This film is part of

New Voices

Original title Amparo

Country Colombia, Sweden, Qatar, Germany

Year 2021

Director Simón Mesa Soto

Screenplay Simón Mesa Soto

Cinematography Juan Sarmiento G.

Producer Simón Mesa Soto, Juan Sarmiento G., m.fl.

Cast Sandra Melissa Torres, John Montoya, Luciana Gallego

Production Company Flare Film, Momento Film

Runtime 1h 35m

Language Spanish

Subtitles English

Genre Drama

Format DCP

Age limit 15

Links IMDb

This film is in competition for the Audience Award.

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