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Synopsis: Luciana is brought by her father to an isolated ranch.
Hortensia is to take care of her despite her growing concern for the supernatural events taking place on the ranch’s surroundings.
Luciana soon discovers a series of mysterious objects that lead her through a hunt for extraordinary events.
She follows an invisible force that shows her a way out of this world on which she has been abandoned.

Genre

Drama

Rated

G

Language

Spanish

Run Time

15 minutes

Starring

Michelle Pellicer (Luciana)
Patricia Quinto (Hortensia)
Moises Cardez (Tomasino)

Directed by

Damiana Acuna

Produced by

Andres Catan

Edited by

Daniel Balleza

Production Designer

Luisa Mendez

Cinematographer

Leslie Montero

Director's Statement

I was sitting on a swing amidst high trees at a ranch covered in fog. I looked up and saw a very powerful image with dark leaves, high ropes and a pale sky.
I felt watched from above.
That feeling brought me back to my childhood. As a child, I was lonely yet never felt truly alone.
This film honors that chapter of my life and the woods that watched me grow.

Director's Bio

Damiana was born in Mexico City yet was raised in the countryside which led her to prefer green over grey and silence over noise.
She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Universidad Iberoamericana with a BA in Communication Sciences and a minor in Film.

As a recipient of the prestigious Mexican scholarship FONCA-CONACYT, Damiana moved to Los Angeles to pursue an MFA in Film Directing at the American Film Institute Conservatory.

She was selected as an emerging Mexican filmmaker by the program Tomorrow’s Filmmakers Today in collaboration with HBO and the HFPA and attended Cine Qua Non’s Lab with the support of The Academy.
Her award winning first short film, L as in Light, screened at numerous film festivals around the world and during quarantine, Damiana shot a short piece with her phone, within the four walls of her apartment, that reflects the mood and spirit of what will become her debut feature.
Aurum, the tone poem, streamed on Pantaya and Dish Latino.
Damiana’s poetic visual storytelling focuses on female led, magical realism narratives that
hunt for the sublime through the ethereal, the profound and the philosophical.

Awards

Third Eye Film Festival - United States - 2016

Best Female Eye (L as in Light)

The Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards - United States - 2017

Best Direction Of The Season (Damiana Acuña)

Largo Film Awards - 2017

Best Direction Of The Season (Damiana Acuña)

The Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards - United States - 2017

Best Cinematography Of The Season (Leslie Montero)

Official selection

Lady Filmmakers Film Festival - United States - 2017

Stonefair Inrnational Film Festival - Romania - 2017

Mediterranean Film Festival - Italy - 2017

Tijuana Film & Food Festival - Mexico - 2017

Quotes

A consistent vision runs through L as in Light. It is a rich perspective - within the few minutes we spend with these characters we become aware of their world, their life, their dreams, and perhaps our own lives. There is much to admire with this film. - The Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards, http://themonkeybreadtree.com/spring-2017/

Montero’s cinematography is delicate and soft. There is also a grand beauty to it too, she gives us the kind of images which haunt us. It is very similar to the work Blasco Giurato did for Cinema Paradiso. - The Monkey Bread Tree Film Awards, http://themonkeybreadtree.com/spring-2017/

Country of Origin

Mexico

Production Year

2016

Official Website

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