Living There Is Not Hell, It Is the Fire of the Desert. The Plenitude of Life That Stayed There Like a Tree

Living There Is Not Hell, It Is the Fire of the Desert. The Plenitude of Life That Stayed There Like a Tree
Vivir allí no es el infierno, es el fuego del desierto. La plenitud de la vida, que quedó ahí como un árbol

Chile, Brazil| 2019|DCP| Color | 58 minutes | Javiera Véliz Fajardo

WEDNESDAY 2 | CINETECA NACIONAL SALA 10 | 14:00 HRS | 58 MIN
SATURDAY 5 | INSTITUTO GOETHE | 20:00 HRS | 58 MIN

Director: Javiera Véliz Fajardo
Producer: Bárbara Pestán
Cinematography: Javiera Véliz Fajardo
Editing: Javiera Véliz Fajardo, Bárbara Pestán
Sound: Cristián Freund
Music: Francisco San Román
Production Company: Pocilga, Apiario

Synopsis
The wind, the birds, sweat, hands, the wheelbarrow, drought and a burial. Could it be possible to disappear in the desert? Totoral is a village that fades away behind its hills. A village that emerged and learned from the land and its animals, and from staying safe. The desert is constantly changing, the trees dry up, and they, the men, with their animals, wipe away their footsteps and their presence as time goes by.

Biography
Born in 1986, in Copiapó, Chile, Javiera Véliz Fajardo studied Visual Arts and Cinema in Santiago, Chile. In 2011 she founded Pocilga Productions with Bárbara Pestan. In 2013 she studied in EICTV (International School of Film and TV) in Cuba. In 2015 she studied a Master’s in Direction of Photography at ESCAC in Spain. Living There Isn’t Hell… was released in the Valdivia International Film Festival and internationally at the Cinéma du Réel in France. She is currently exhibiting Esencia Terrenal and developing her second documentary Agua Marina.

Festivals
Cinéma du Réel – Compétition Internationale, Le Prix Tënk – 2019, France
Festival Internacional de Cine de Valdivia – Selección Oficial – 2018, Chile