The Rust

Feature film, Fiction, 83′, 2021

Director : Juan Sebastián Mesa

Production : Monociclo Cine (Colombia) & Dublin Films

Coproduction : RTVC Play (Colombia) & Amplitud (USA)


Synopsis :
Jorge lives on the coffee farm he inherited from his father. He is the only one of his generation who has decided to stay in the countryside. The festivities of his village are approaching and with them the reunion with his ex-girlfriend Andrea, who is returning from the city. Her imminent arrival begins to distance him from his cousin Rosa and to destabilize him physically and mentally, taking him away from his work in his plantation, as his crops slowly begin to be destroyed by a severe plague. 

During the chaos of the festivities, Jorge will experience the encounter with a world unknown to him. In the midst of drugs and electronic music, he understands that everything that united him with Andrea has already disappeared and that only fire can turn the ghosts of his past and the plague that attacks his crops into ashes.

Shooting : 2019 (Colombia)

Film Crew :
DOP: David Correa Franco
Editing: Etienne Boussac, Juan Cañola
Producers: Alexander Arbelaez, Jose Manuel Duque, David Hurst

Casting :
Jorge : Juan Daniel Ortiz Hernandez
Rosa : Paula Andrea Cano
Andrea : Laura Gutierrez Ardila

Development : Cinélatino, Coproduction Forum Festival de San-Sebastian 2017, Cinéfondation Résidence 2017-2018.

With the support of  Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine (writing et development), Proimágenes Colombia (FDC – development and production) and FilMedellín.

Development  :
WIP Latam 2020 – San Sebastian Festival
Cinéma en Construction – Cinélatino Toulouse 2021

2021 festivals :

World Premiere, Festival international de San Sebastián  – Competition, section New Directors (Espagne, september)
French Premiere, Festival Biarritz Amérique Latine – Official selection – Out of competition (France, october)
ZFF – San Sebastián Window (Switzerland, september)
Panorama du cinéma Colombien – Feature length competition (Paris, octobre)
Thessaloniki International Film Festival – International competition – Human Values Prize from Grec Parlement (Greece, novembre)
Filmar en América Latina – Audience Prize Compétition – Focus Sud Section (Switzerland, november)

2022 :

Regard sur le cinéma d’Amérique Latine – Official selection (Marennes, France)
Reflets du cinéma ibérique et latino américain – Official competition (Villeurbanne, France)
FICCI – Opening Film (Cartagena, Colombia)
Quinzaine du Cinéma Espagnol – Official Selection (Chambéry, France)
FECHA, Festival de cinéma hispano-américain – Official selection (Poitiers, France)
Images Hipano-américaine – Official selection (Annecy, France)
Olhar de Cinema – Official Competition (Curitiba, Brazil)
FICG – Official Competition, section Ibero-American fiction film (Guadalajara, Mexico)
Beijing International Film Festival – Future Section – Best Artistic Contribution Award (Beijing, Chine)

2023 : 

Festival La fiesta del cine – Official Competition (Nice, France)
Rencontres du Cinéma Latino Américain
– Official Selection (Pessac, France)
Itinérances – Festival Cinéma d’Alès – Official Selection (Alès, France)
Cinélatino, rencontres de Toulouse – Official Selection, Contemporary Colombian Cinema section (Toulouse, France)
Ojo Loco, Festival de cinéma ibérique et latino-américain – Official Selection (Grenoble, France)
Festival Horizon vert – Festival d’écologie et de films en circuit-court – Official Selection (Haute-Vienne, France)
Kinolatino Film Festival – Official feature competition (Brussels, Belgium) – Best feature film 

Special Screenings :

MoMA – Special screenings in the program : Movies from Earth (New-York, May 2022)
La Casa Encendida – Cycle Futuro Imperfecto (Madrid, Mai 2022)