Locarno Open Doors: ‘Diamond’ Backed by Empatia, Maravilla

Buenos Aires-based Maravilla Cine, producer of 2018 Berlin Panorama participant “Marilyn” and San Sebastian 2020 New Administrators’ hit “That Weekend,” has boarded “Diamond” (“Diamante”), the primary fiction function from Bolivia’s Yashira Jordán which is shaping up as one of many standout titles at this 12 months’s Locarno Open Doorways.

Maravilla Cine joins “Diamond” lead producer Empatia Cinema, quickly consolidating as a manufacturing hub for Bolivian auteurs. Latest credit embody Martín Boulocq’s “The Customer” which premiered at June’s Tribeca Competition and Alejandro Quiroga’s Western “Los de abajo,” a Sanfic Industria pix-in-post winner in March 2021.

Empatia Cinema and Maravilla Cine have collectively utilized for a growth grant from the Ibermedia regional movie fund for Latin America, Spain and Portugal. The incentives can be introduced in late November, mentioned Empatia’s Alvaro Olmos Torrico.

“Diamond” faucets into two tendencies powering ever extra of one of the best cinema popping out of Spain and Latin America: The emergence of feminine auteurs mixing native element and magical realism or horror tropes to pointed impact: Assume Elena López Riera’s Cannes success “The Water” or Michelle Garza Cervera’s “Huesera”; the flowering of LGBTQ universes in conservative bastions – reminiscent of rural Latin America or conventional Indigenous communities – as a haven of freedom for institution rebels.

Produced by Empatia Cinema’s Olmos Torrico, Jordán and Maravilla Cine’s Paula Zyngierman, “Diamond” weighs in as a coming of age drama. Petra lives in a city in Bolivia’s Andes, grating on the traditions of her group, together with its complete subordination of ladies who’re imagined to prepare dinner, bear youngsters and serve their menfolk at prestes, three-day celebrations devoted to the Catholic Virgin or the Solar. Petra, in distinction, refuses to put on a pollera costume, and sings hip hop lure in her native Quechua.

At some point she receives a message from her father, who had been expelled from her household years earlier than. Escaping to La Paz’s El Alto – Bolivia’s capital metropolis – she reconnects with him, and realizes the important energy of transformation.

“Petra is a insurgent, and she or he should discover her group to heal. That is how she discovers the Andean Queer Universe, the place she will be able to lastly really feel a way of belonging,” Jordán mentioned in a director’s assertion.
“Popular culture, exaggerated kitsch photographs, neo-Andean buildings, and fluorescent colours are a part of the city panorama of El Alto metropolis, the place Petra will get misplaced on the lookout for her father. In that fusion of magic realism and rawness of my Bolivian tradition, I see how the characters on this movie can develop and shine,” she added.

“Diamante” is a dangerous and demanding wager for Bolivian cinema to carry to the forefront the complicated state of affairs of the LGTBIQ+ group,” added Olmos. “From the understanding of our Bolivian context, we consider that extra productions directed by feminine filmmakers are wanted. For that reason, we belief Yashira’s expertise and the delicate story she developed on this mission.”

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Courtesy of Alvaro Olmos Torrico

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