Colombia, 2002... After a long night’s fishing, José returns to his home deep in the forest to discover that paramilitary forces had killed his two sons and threw their bodies into the river. He sets out on a lonely journey to retrieve the bodies and give them a proper burial in order to prevent their tormented souls from being stuck in this world. On his rowboat journey, José will discover a country that has been torn apart by the violent acts of paramilitary groups, but also the kindness of ordinary strangers.
Director Nicolás Rincón Gille offers an insightful look into a Columbia that has suffered decades of civil war. Rather than a conventional tale of victimhood and survival, VALLEY OF SOULS is a poetic exploration about loss, grief, and consolation. The non-professional Jesús Carvallido Lobo, playing José in the movie, gives a riveting performance with an expressionless face that shows no sign of agony.
After receiving a Bachelor’s in Economy in Bogotá, Nicolás Rincón Gille (b. 1973) studied in Belgium at the INSAS (Institut national supérieur des arts du spectacle et des techniques de diffusion). He worked as a cinematographer on a few films and directed three short films before embarking on his documentary trilogy project dedicated to the native cultures and oral tradition in Colombia's countryside. VALLEY OF SOULS is his feature debut.
2016 BESOS FRIOS / COLD KISSES (SHORT DOC)
2015 NOCHE HERIDA / WOUNDED NIGHT (DOC)
2010 LOS ABRAZOS DEL RÍO / THE EMBRACE OF THE RIVER (DOC)
2007 EN LO ESCONDIDO / THOSE WAITING IN THE DARK (DOC)
2004 AZUR (SHORT)
|Original title:||Tantas Almas|
|Director:||Nicolás Rincón Gille|
|Country:||Colombia, Belgium, Brazil, France|
|Run time:||2h 17m|
|Screenplay:||Nicolás Rincón Gille|
|Photo:||Juan Sarmiento G.|
|Cast:||José Arley de Jesús Carvallido Lobo, Carlos Enrique Avila Argota, Maria Amanda Vargas Barbosa|
|Producer:||Manuel Ruiz Montealegre, Hector Ulloque Franco|