Our Mothers / Nuestras madres
Dir : César Díaz / France, Benelux, Guatemala / 77 minutes / Spanish / 2019
Guatemala, 2018. The whole country is immersed in the trial of the soldiers who sparked the civil war. Victim statements come one after another. Ernesto is a young anthropologist working for the Forensic Foundation; his job is to identify the missing. One day, while hearing the account of an old woman, he thinks he has found a lead that might guide him to his father, a guerrillero who went missing during the war. Against his mother’s wishes, he flings himself body and soul into the case looking for truth and resilience.
Pingyao International Film Festival, China – BEST FILM – PEOPLE’S CHOICE / CROUCHING TIGER AWARD
Namur International Film Festival 2019 – CRITICS’ PRIZE
Cannes Film Festival 2019 – CRITICS’ WEEK – GOLDEN CAMERA / SACD Award
San Sebastian Film Festival 2019 – SPANISH COOPERATION AWARD
Director biography and Filmography:
César Díaz was born in Guatemala in 1978. After studying in Mexico and Belgium, he joined the screenwriting workshop at the FEMIS Film School in Paris. He has been working as a fiction and documentary film editor for more than ten years. He has also directed the short documentary films Semillas de Cenizas, which was screened in about twenty international film festivals, and Territorio Liberado, which won the IMCINE Award in Mexico.
Our Mothers (Nuestras Madres) is his first feature film.
Director, Scriptwriter – César Díaz
Producers – Géraldine Sprimont (Need Productions, Belgique), Delphine Schmit (Perspective Films, France)
Cinematographer – Virginie Surdej
Editor – Damien Maestraggi
Music – Rémi Boubal
Armando Espitia, Emma Dib, Aurelia Caal, Julio Serrano Echeverría, Victor Moreira