The ‘Ruta por Boyacá’ has already begun, which takes independent cinema to different places in the department

Sáchica, Ráquira, Santa Sofía and Arcabuco are the towns where the ‘Route through Boyacá’ of the Villa de Leyva International Independent Film Festival will pass. Photo: Courtesy, FestiCineVilla.

The sixteenth edition of the Villa de Leyva International Independent Film Festival is approaching and its organizers have developed a strategy with which they seek to expand the cinema experience in different parts of the department of Boyacá.

After 16 years, the festival will seek to decentralize and for this, Villa de Leyva will be the frame of reference for the cinema to reach other places. The ‘Ruta por Boyacá’ is a tour of different parks and squares in four towns in the department: Sáchica, Ráquira, Santa Sofía and Arcabuco, in which a mobile stage will bring the experience of the festival closer to the inhabitants of each of these places. Workshops for children, musical and artistic events, theater and cinema, lots of cinema, all outdoors.

Courtesy: FestiCineVilla.
Courtesy: FestiCineVilla.

The attending public will be able to travel back in time and relive the most important episodes of the festival in its sixteen years. The conference will be set with short and feature films, mostly filmed in the same department, as well as content made by Señal Memoria and RTVC, in which the restoration work of different audiovisual documents that belong to the visual memory of the country will be presented. Some of these date from the 1950s and others are somewhat older.

Through this route, the Festival, organized by the Cine Possible Foundation, seeks to tour the magical towns of Colombiabringing cinema and culture experiences to unconventional scenarios and where new proposals are necessary for the reactivation and positioning of Colombia as a cultural tourism destination. In alliance with FONTUR, the Festival opens the borders of independent cinema to bring it closer to the people. During all this time, it has stood out for the treatment of its contents far from the commercial, more than 100 hours of cinema from around the world that brings together the best of the creative industry and imposes trends and new cinematographic identities.

The first site of the route was the municipality of Sáchica, where the inhabitants joined the experience through a talent show. Everyone had something to show, from children to adults. Music and dance took over the Festival’s moving stage and served as a prelude to the cinematographic content that would be screened at the end of the afternoon. Short films and documents restored by Señal Memoria entertained entire families on a cold night that, despite the strong winds, became warm as the hours passed.

Sáchica was the first site of the 'Ruta por Boyacá', the initiative promoted by the Villa de Leyva International Independent Film Festival that seeks to bring the cinema experience closer to the entire department.  Photo: Santiago Diaz Benavides.
Sáchica was the first site of the ‘Ruta por Boyacá’, the initiative promoted by the Villa de Leyva International Independent Film Festival that seeks to bring the cinema experience closer to the entire department. Photo: Santiago Diaz Benavides.

The day, which began very early at ten in the morning, lasted until after ten at night, with the screening of the film “El niño de los errands”, filmed in Boyacá and directed by the filmmaker Carlos del Castillo.

The film tells the story of a boy who loses his mother and is suddenly faced with a world that is hostile to him in most cases. The actions take place in Colombia in 1954, inside a small town in the mountains. Alfonso, who is the protagonist, barely eleven years old, starts working as the errand boy at a local pharmacy and there he learns the basic concepts of medicine, which will change his life forever.

The film features the performance of Fernando Solórzano, Vianny Mora, Alejandro Buenaventura, Ramiro Meneses, Wilmer Amado, Judy Henríquez, Luis Fernando Montoya, Ricardo Vesga, Lina Restrepo, Amalia Santa Maria, Isabella Garcia and Shirley Martínez. A cast that has won numerous awards at local festivals and was recognized as ‘Best Film’ at the Falcon Film Festival in London in June 2020.

The next point on the ‘Ruta’ will be Ráquira, on September 17, and will end with Santa Sofía, on October 8, and Arcabuco, on October 29. It will serve as a prelude to the central event, which will take place, as has been customary, in Villa de Leyva.

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