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The Silence of the River


by Francesca Canepa

14:00  Peru

Recommended ages: 10+ 

Juan, a 9 year-old Peruvian boy, lives with his silent dad in a floating house on the breathtaking Amazon River. This idyllic background sets an allegorical journey into the rainforest jungle, where nature, gender, truth and all things begin to reveal the identity of his dad.


I believe cinema must be a weapon to visualize stories with a social conscious message. My work is a halfway between fiction and documentary. I look for the poetry of reality.
In this sense, I like to craft oniric universes where dreams and reality conveys creating an atemporal timeline. Also, the nature plays an important role for me: Nature must reveal the true identity of my characters as an omniscient witness. In that manner, my characters are deeply connected with the space they live in. The space became a psychosomatic reflect of their inner world.

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Francesca Canepa is a peruvian filmmaker. She studied Cinema at the University from Montpellier and she holds a Master degree in Cinematography from the ESCAC, the Cinema School from Catalunya. She's a director who strives to tell stories with a socially conscious message. Her first Short Film AYA, shot In the Peruvian Andes, obtained the price of Best Iberoamerican Short Film at the Guadalajara’s International Film Festival (FICG) 2017 and gain international attention from the cinema critics. El Silencio del Río is her second short film shot in the Amazon river that will be release on 2019. She won a scholarship for an MBA in Cinema Direction from the school EFTI from Madrid, she's currently pursuing while working on the script from her first feature film. Nowadays,
Francesca is writing her first feature film ‘’BELEN’’ to be shot in 2021.