30.09. - 09.10.2021

Dark Skull Bolivia, Qatar 2016 | 80 min | OV with English subtitles | Colour | FF 2016

Kiro Russo

Kiro Russo (*1984) is Bolivian by birth and studied film direction in BuenosAires. His shorts Juku (2012) and New Life won several prizes. Dark Skull is his debut feature and waswarmly praised at the film festival in Locarno.

rated for 0 + years
Up until the death of his father, Elder Mamaní's life was aimless, based around drugs and alcohol. Now he's taking on his father's job down a mine in the Bolivian mining capital Huanuni and living with his grandmother. Elder's godfather Francisco put in a good word for him and got him the job. But it's not long before Elder screws up with his colleagues because he's far happier stoned than working. This gets not only him, but also Francisco in trouble. On a company outing that despite everything Elder is allowed to attend, the tensions between him and his godfather escalate when Elder learns that Francisco had something to do with his father's death. Dark Skull is a powerful, dark, subterranean drama on the threshold between fact and fiction.
Original title: Viejo calavera
Film type: Fiction Feature
Original language: Spanish
Section: Vitrina
Language and subtitles: OV with English subtitles
Director: Kiro Russo
Screenplay: Kiro Russo, Gilmar Gonzáles
Cast: Julio Cezar Ticona, Narciso Choquecallata, Anastasia Daza López, RolandoPatzi, Israel Hurtado, Elisabeth Ramírez Galván
Producer: Kiro Russo, Pablo Paniagua, Gilmar Gonzales
Director of Photography: Pablo Paniagua
Music: Kano / Alessandro Marcelo
Production Design: Carlos Piñeiro
Editor: Kiro Russo, Pablo Paniagua
Sound: 0
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Format: dcp
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World Sales: Socavón cine
Production: Socavón cine
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