La Sirga

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Film Info
Section:New Directors
Premiere Status:Colombia
Year of Prod:2012
Running Time:88
Original Language:Spanish
Awards:New Directors Prize Contender
dir:William Vega
prod:Oscar Ruiz Navia
scr:William Vega
cam:Sofia Oggioni Hatty
editor:Miguel Schvedfinger
cast:Joghis Seudin Arias
Julio César Roble
David Fernando Guacas
Floralba Achicanoy
source:Film Movement
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From a mist-shrouded lagoon, a handful of lonely characters emerge out of a theater of the absurd scenario. A shy teenage girl, wandering in this remote country landscape, high in the Andes, arrives at the home of her taciturn uncle. She has been driven from her village home in Colombia by a fiery attack in which she lost everything, including her parents. She’ll never know whether it was the guerrillas, the right-wing paramilitary or the army that was responsible, but it doesn’t matter. The nubile Alicia has been forced to start a tense journey that will define her as an adult. In her uncle’s tiny, ramshackle inn, La Sirga, she must try to determine her future course. A young boatman, Mirichis, feels the inklings of love for Alicia as he delivers passengers, messages and news around the lake. On the shores of this beautiful lake, La Cocha, a handful of people dream their dreams of a prosperity that is just around the corner, an escape from their daily lives. They wait for tourists, like Godot, to arrive, but they are waiting only on their own illusions. The enchanted atmosphere of La Cocha is made palpable in this elegantly elaborated fable with echoes of Tarkovsky, the smallest sounds and images contributing to a lush landscape of dreams.
-Miguel Pendás
Additional Information

William Vega


William Vega’s professional experience has been highlighted by creative projects for television like educatv (2004) for the Ministry of Education and by the Agro Environmental and Nature series for the Señal Colombia channel. His short Amnesia (2002) was an official selection at the 2002 New Latin American International Short Film Festival in Havana. He teaches screenwriting at the School of Digital Film and Audiovisual Arts in Cali, Colombia. La Sirga was an official selection at the 2012 Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes.