Archive of films gran movimiento / El gran movimiento

Bolivia / France / Qatar / Switzerland
2021, 85 min

Section: Imagina
Year: 2022

An urban symphony. Bolivia’s La Paz as seen by two outsiders who give us the opportunity to take a look at the chaos, but also the harmony of a place which is probably more hostile than open towards newcomers. A documentarist approach combines with intuitiveness, while desolation encounters subtle humour.


The power of this urban symphony begins appropriately enough with sound. The entrancing sound design of the film – a combination of essay, social document and magical realist parable – helps us to find our bearings in the mosaic, non-linear story of Elder and Max, two men who turn up in the Bolivian metropolis of La Paz. Shot on 16mm film, El gran movimiento portrays characters who may speak of longevity, yet their background indicates that their actual prospects might be entirely different. The city of La Paz is depicted as a fascinating but also (literally and metaphorically) stifling urban jungle, where it’s not just the working class who find it tough going. Observation is ostensibly the method chosen here, albeit with a level of detachment.

Viktor Palák

About the director

Kiro Russo (1984). Selected filmography: Juku (2011, short), New Life (Nueva vida, 2015, short), Dark Skull (Viejo calavera, 2016).


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Imagina
Director: Kiro Russo
Screenplay: Kiro Russo
Dir. of Photography: Pablo Paniagua
Sound: Mauricio Quiroga, Mercedes Tennina, Juan Pedro Razzari, Emmanuel Croset
Editor: Kiro Russo, Pablo Paniagua, Felipe Galvez
Producer: Kiro Russo, Pablo Paniagua, Alexa Rivero
Production: Socavon, Altamar Films
Cast: Julio Cesar Ticona, Max Bautista Uchasara, Francisca Arce de Aro, Israel Hurtado, Gustavo Milan Ticona
Sales: Best Friend Forever

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