Seven Ridges - aluCine 2022 Opening Night Gala
Spadina Theatre (Alliance Francaise)
24 Spadina Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 2S7, Canada
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Lush cinematography and a contemplative, atmospheric narrative underscore this timely and touching story of youth, family, and preservation.
At once charming, heartbreaking, relevant, and informative, Seven Ridges presents a rich coming-of-age tale, contrasting the importance of tradition with the toxic temptations of modernity. As the first full-length feature drama to be produced completely in Cmiique Iitom (the indigenous Seri language), this film transcends time and age, providing essential perspectives on language and culture.
Director Antonio Coello displays masterful use of camera, music, and storytelling to bring these characters and their day-to-day experiences to life. He blends fact and fiction to fully immerse the viewer in Seri culture. In the words of Coello himself, Seven Ridges “seeks to transmit a cultural experience through cinematic storytelling.”
Join us following the screening for an opening night reception at the Spadina Theatre Gallery!
Antonio Coello is a Mexican and Colombian visual anthropologist and filmmaker. His films involve indigenous and African descendant communities with which he creates collective cinematic stories that have been shown at various festivals and museums like the Guggenheim Museum in New York and ImagineNATIVE at Toronto. His short films have won awards in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, the Czech Republic, India, Spain, Bulgaria, U.S.A., Canada, Belarus, Australia, and Mexico.
He has taught workshops and courses on screenplay writing and filmmaking in Mexico, Canada, U.S.A., India and Nepal. In his creative work he has benefited from grants from government and private institutions from different countries. Sietefilos is the first full-length feature film ever made in Seri indigenous language.
Sietefilos / Seven Ridges
Director: Antonio Coello | Year: 2022 | Country: Mexico | Length: 75 mins
Synopsis: In a desert by the sea, an ancient culture endures toxic modernity. A grandmother and her granddaughter intertwine in estrangement over memory. The myth sheds controversy; time falls in dreams of sand, old songs and rock music. First full-length feature drama to be ever produced in Cmiique Iitom (Seri language).
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