KEYLA

Premier Mundial

  • Special Programs

Colombia / 2016 / Spanish and Creole with Spanish subtitles / 90

  • Director 

    Viviana Gómez Echeverry

  • Producer: 

    Raquel Imedio García y Viviana Gómez Echeverry

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    Viviana Gómez Echeverry

  • Photography: 

    Mauricio Vidal

  • Cast: 

    Elsa Whitaker, Sebastián Enciso Salamanca, Mercedes Salazar, Felipe Cabeza, Norvel Walters, Anthony Asasf Howard, Adriana Whitaker, Betty Gomez

SCREENINGS

SYNOPSIS

One of the political duties of film is to reveal what has remained hidden or buried. Keyla courageously takes on this responsibility in one of the first films to feature Providencia, a Colombian island forgotten by its government. Gómez Echeverry not only films the land, the everyday life of its people (who speak Creole or Caribbean English), their celebrations and their attitude towards life, she also addresses its paradoxes without restraint: the affectionate and conflictive relationship between tourists and locals, the island’s beautiful yet tragic connection with the ocean, and how it gives all it has and yet loses what its holds most dear. The film is an account of these dilemmas: while Keyla awaits news of her father - who has been lost at sea for several days – both Helena and Francisco arrive, her father’s ex-wife and Keyla’s younger brother. This surprise opens old wounds in Keyla. Helena, who is from Spain, left the island when she was pregnant to have her son in Madrid, leaving her and her father behind. Through her mourning and forgiveness, Keyla finds a sense of restored hope, a hope proving that a utopia is nothing more than a place of fiction

CONTACT & PRESS KIT

DIRECTOR

Viviana Gómez Echeverry

Viviana Gómez Echeverry

Gomez Echeverry has a degree in communications, is a professor at the Javeriana University of Bogotá and did her post-graduate studies in cinematography and television in Spain. She directed the shorts Exotic Tropical (Trópico Exótico) and 16th Birthday, co-directed the documentary Life is Sacred, and has worked as a cinematographer and camera operator in fiction films and documentaries. Keyla is her first fiction feature film.