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The Calm After the Storm

Dir. Mercedes Gaviria Jaramillo / Colombia / 2020 / 72’ / Polish premiere


Family Album


Director: Mercedes Gaviria Jaramillo
Screenplay: Mercedes Gaviria Jaramillo
Cinematography: Mercedes Gaviria Jaramillo, Mauricio Reyes Serrano, Alejandra León
Editing: Rodrigo Traverso, Florencia Gómez García
Sound: Marcos Canosa
Music: Matías Gowland
Producers: Jerónimo Atehortúa Arteaga, Mercedes Gaviria Jaramillo
Production: Invasión Cine
World sales: FilmsToFestivals
Language: Spanish



After several years in Buenos Aires, Mercedes returns to Medellín to work with her father on his new film “The Animal’s Wife”. There she learns the contradicting natures of her father, a famous film director trying to make a genre film in a country dominated by violence. She also reconnects with the past through her family archive, created not only by the home videos made by her father, but also by the diary her mother wrote for her while being pregnant and awaiting her birth. Both intimate archives let us see the enormous space that separates the experience of motherhood and fatherhood in a Colombian family. Will these images manage to compose the history of a family or will they only be the proof of what was not said? And will Mercedes be able to find her own beginning?


Mar del Plata International Film Festival (Critics Award: Special Mention), Rotterdam International Film Festival, Doc Fortnight - MoMA’s Festival of International Nonfiction Film and Media, Visions du Réel, Guanajuato International Film Festival, Gijón/Xixón International Film Festival (Critics Award: Best Film), Cali International Film Festival (Best Director), Festival de Cine Al Este, Festival del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano de La Habana, Documenta Madrid International Documentary Film Festival, Transcinema International Film Festival, Femme Revolution Film Festival, Jeonju International Film Festival, Vanda Duarte Festival de Cine de Mujeres y Disidencias Latinxs


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Mercedes Gaviria Jaramillo
Born in 1992 in Medellín, Colombia. A sound technician and film director. In 2016 she graduated in Cinematographic Direction from the Universidad del Cine. She participated with her short film “Silencio antes” (2016) at FICCI and BAFICI. At BAFICI 2018 she won the ASA’s Award for Best Sound in “The Daughters of Fire” by Albertina Carri. In the same year she completed the Postgraduate Film Program at the Torcuato di Tella University. “The Calm After the Storm” is her first feature film. She currently teaches sound at the FUC and works as post-producer of sound in her studio in Atalante.



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