Archive of films La familia / La familia
Venezuela / Chile / Norway
2017, 82 min
Section: Another View
Andrés, the single father of 12-year-old Pedro, has to break his back just to ensure the mere basics for his son. On the outskirts of Caracas, people live from one moment to the next and any mistake is immediately punished. This deeply realistic story takes us into the ruthless environment of the Venezuelan capital, which – at a time when the country suffers immense social problems, hyperinflation, and a shortage of food – takes on an increasingly more savage character.
It’s not easy to survive on the outskirts of Caracas, where the atmosphere is thick with searing poverty and violence. Andrés, the single father of 12-year-old Pedro, knows all about it. Every day, he has to break his back just to ensure the mere basics for his son. Under-the-table odd jobs are more the rule than the exception. As a result, the young boy is influenced in equal measure by his father and by the ruthless laws of the street, where people live from one moment to the next and any mistake is immediately punished. But what can you do when your home – your only safe harbour in a chaotic world – suddenly becomes the target of new enemies? The hands-on cinematography gives this raw story of the changing relationship between father and son an almost documentary sense of urgency. The film’s realistic feel is further heightened by the atmosphere of the Venezuelan capital, which – at a time when the country suffers immense social problems, hyperinflation, and a shortage of food, medicine, electricity and water – takes on an increasingly more savage character.
About the director
Gustavo Rondón Córdova (b. 1977, Caracas) studied communications at the Universidad Central de Venezuela and directing at FAMU in Prague. As a director, screenwriter and producer he has made several short films that have been shown at prestigious film festivals, such as the Berlinale and Tribeca, and also at other fests in Biarritz, Toulouse and Havana. His most recent short film Nostalgia (2012) was shown in competition at the Berlinale. Córdova’s feature debut The Family had its world premiere as part of Critics’ Week at this year’s Cannes festival.
About the film
|Director:||Gustavo Rondón Córdova|
|Screenplay:||Gustavo Rondón Córdova|
|Dir. of Photography:||Luis Armando Arteaga|
|Editor:||Andrea Chignoli, Cristina Carrasco, Gustavo Rondón Córdova|
|Art Director:||Matías Tikas|
|Producer:||Natalia Machado Fuenmayor, Marianela Illas, Rubén Sierra Salles, Rodolfo Cova, Gustavo Rondón Córdova|
|Production:||La Pandilla Producciones|
|Coproduction:||CineCercano, Factor RH, Ávila Films, DHF|
|Cast:||Giovanny García, Reggie Reyes|