An intimate and powerful film about trauma and dreams at a boarding school for girls in Bogotá.
Over a period of five years, two directors have arranged regular film workshops at the boarding school Acardia in Bogotá, a school for young girls who for various reasons have ended up as homeless. Through this period the filmmakers of Alis have built up a trust with the girls in the school. We meet 8 of them between the ages 15 and 17 who participate in a school project organized by the filmmakers where they are filmed as they tell about a fictitious girl named Alis.
Alis becomes a substitute for the girls themselves, who use the stories to tell how they experience lives and have gone through. The film is an intimate and powerful experience of girls who were thrown out of their homes and have ended up in drug addiction and prositution, and about how the school has been a rescue and safe harbor for them.
13. NOV and 15. NOV – Intro, Peace in Colombia
Jessica Yamile Buendia from Peace in Colombia introduces the screening of ALIS in Vika 2 at 18.30, Sunday NOV 13th and the screening in Vega 3 at 18.45 Tuesday NOV. 15th.
Nicolas van Hemelryck is a filmmaker with his background in architecture and photography. He has co-founded the production company Casatarantula. His debut film Amazona (2016), co-directed with Clare Weiskopf, premiered at IDFA and won several awards. Clare Weiskopf is a filmmaker who made her directorial debut with Amazona. She has also made Vichada, la Custodia de la Vida (2017), and co-directed Alis (2022) with Nicolas van Hemelryck.
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Original title Alis
Country Colombia, Chile, Romania
Director Nicolas van Hemelryck, Clare Weiskopf
Screenplay Tatiana Andrade, Anne Fabini, Gustavo Vasco, Nicolas van Hemelryck, Clare Weiskopf.
Cinematography Helkin René Díaz
Producer Alexandra Galvis, Radu Stancu
Production Company Casatarántula, deFilm
Runtime 1h 24m
Age limit 15
This film is in competition for the Audience Award.