Spring Grants 2020
Current project status: COMPLETED
After a long night’s shift, Amparo, a single mother of two, returns home to find her children are not there. Her eldest son Elias failed to pick up his little sister Karen from school. Elias is a troubled young man; he didn’t study and doesn’t work. While searching for him, Amparo soon finds out that he has been drafted as a “regular soldier” during an army raid and will be sent to the front in a feared war zone, far from the city. His fate is doomed. With only a single day left until his departure, Amparo manages to contact a man who offers to change his exam results and get him out— but the money he asks is well beyond her means. With nothing much on her side, Amparo decides to embark on a journey against time in a society ruled by corrupt and empathyless men, acutely aware that the task at hand is an almost impossible undertaking. In the end, she must decide how far she is willing to go to keep her family together and her son away from war.
- Simón Mesa Soto
- Simón Mesa Soto
- Juan Sarmiento G., Simón Mesa Soto
About the Director
Simon Mesa Soto studied Audiovisual Communication at the Universidad de Antioquia. In 2014, he finished the MA in Filmmaking at the London Film School. His graduation film 'Leidi' won the short film Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival 2014 and the Gold Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival 2015. His subsequent short film, 'Madre' was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival 2016 and went on to win many awards worldwide. 'Amparo' is his feature film debut.
Production Company Profile
Ocúltimo is a new film production company founded 2017 in Colombia by Simon Mesa Soto and Juan Sarmiento G. After our collaboration as a creative duo on our first two highly successful short films ('Leidi' and 'Madre', we wanted to work under a production scheme that gave us further necessary freedom and creative possibilities to realize our first feature film together. In the future, we aim to work on handpicked auteur projects, in which we can support, guide and further inspire the vision of filmmakers. We are interested in emotionally compelling, character-driven stories with mature and daring cinematographic approaches. In the coming years, Ocúltimo looks forward to building a strong portfolio of films by directors with which we can build a long-lasting creative and personal relationship.
Awards and Festival History
WP Critics' Week, Cannes 2021