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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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director: Javier Bellido Valdivia
original title: Connatural
country: Peru
year: 2018
running time: 83 min.


This documentary, shot on black and white film, is an excruciating meditation on living close to death, which is nonetheless an inseparable part of life. Three generations of women live in one home, away from other people: an ageing mother, her two daughters, and her granddaughter. In long, slow shots, we see ordinary, regular actions that make up their day: braiding hair in the morning, cleaning the mother’s feet, reading the evening prayers. Lyrically stylized scenes depict their lives as an endless succession of moments of solitude, but which in their sequence and repetition gain strength, approaching analogy in the surrounding beautiful but inert nature.

Connatural stems from a need to express a series of emotions and thoughts related to the human condition. It delves into universal issues that are not usually represented as the experience of old age, everyday life and closeness to death.” J. Bellido


Javier Bellido (1985) is a filmmaker and painter who has exhibited not only in his native Peru, but also abroad, such as in Chile, Colombia, the United States, France, and Germany. Together with Ana Balcázar, he filmed the medium-length surreal drama Sinmute (2008) about a man whose reality becomes intertwined and pierced by the world of his subconscious. He is currently finishing his master’s degree in visual anthropology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru.

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director: Javier Bellido Valdivia
cast: Micaela Bartra La Torre, Catalina Zevallos Antahuara , Yelina Valdivia Cárdenas, Nancy Valdivia Cárdenas, Amadea Cárdenas Cuba
producer: Javier Bellido Valdivia
script: Javier Bellido Valdivia
photography: Javier Bellido Valdivia
editing: Alejandro Small, Javier Bellido Valdivia
sound: Paula Chávez López
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