New feature project: Memories from the Forest by Paz Encina
December 2019

We have boarded Paz Encina’s upcoming feature film ‘Memories from the Forest’ and can’t be more excited!. Paraguayan director and screenwriter Paz Encina is known for her drama film Paraguayan Hammock (2006) winner of the FIPRESCI Award of the Cannes Film Festival.

‘Memory from the Forest’ is a film that seeks to preserve in some way something that is about to disappear, the memory of the indigenous Ayoreos and the memory of a physical and concrete place in danger of extinction. The film is set in the Paraguayan Chaco area, on the border with Bolivia. A small part of this territory has not been deforested yet and some Ayoreos still live here in complete voluntary isolation.

Paz’ debut feature, Paraguayan Hammock (2006), a hypnotic tour de force of “slow cinema,” was the first Paraguayan film made in 35mm since the 1970s. Its international success similarly marked a historic moment for Paraguayan cinema. Perhaps one of the most crucial voices in Paraguayan and Latin American Cinema Paz Encina‘s films are haunting mementos of a nation’s past often told through the perspective of voices often marginalised or oppressed.

‘Memories from the Forst’ received support from the Ford Foundation, Cartier Foundation, World Cinema Fund, INCAA (Argentina), Arte France and most recently the Hubert Bals Fund. The film will be produced by Silence Cine (PY) in co-production with Revolver Amsterdam (NL), Black Forest Films (DE), MPM (FR) ,Louverture Films (US), Eaux Vives (FR) ,Gaman (AR) and Fortuna Films (AR)

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