Simón Mesa Soto | Colombia, Sweden, Qatar | 2021 | 95'
Amparo, a single mother, goes home from her night shift and cannot find her eldest child. She soon discovers that the by, considered a good-for-nothing by one and all, has been forcefully enrolled and he’s about to be sent to a very dangerous war zone. Only one day is left before his departure and his fate seems sealed. Amparo sets off on a desperate race against time to free her son on a society dominated by corruption and violence.
Sandra Melissa Torres, Diego Alejandro Tobón, Luciana Gallego, John Jairo Montoya
The Match Factory
Simón Mesa Soto
Juan Sarmiento G.
Rising Star Award to the actress (Cannes Film Festival), Silver Hugo Award (Chicago IFF), International Critics Prize (Festival de Cine de Lima)
Born in Medellin in 1986, Simón Mesa Soto studied Audio-Visual Communication at the University of Antioquia. In 2014 he specialized in directing at the London Film School. His end-of-course film, Leidi, won the Golden Palm for the best short film at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014 and at the Chicago International Film Festival in 2015. His next short film, Madre, was once again selected in competition at Cannes in 2016 and won many prizes at festivals all over the world. Amparo is his first feature film, which was presented at the Semaine de la Critique in Cannes in 2021.
2021 – Amparo, ff
2016 – Madre, sf
2014 – Leidi, sf