Poster for Viejo Calavera (2016)

Viejo Calavera (2016)

Director: Kiro Russo Run Time: 80 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2016

Starring: Anastasia Daza López, Felix Espejo Espejo, Israel Hurtado, Narciso Choquecallata, Rolando Patzi

Country: Bolivia, Qatar
Language: Spanish


Viejo Calavera/Dark Skull is screening on Thursday, September 2 at 7:30pm as part of the Bolivian Cinema Series

Register here for a virtual Q&A with Director Kiro Russo on Friday, September 3 at 5pm


About the film:

Bolivia’s official submission to the Foreign Language Film Award of the 90th Annual Academy Awards.

Elder Mamani’s father is dead, and it seems like he doesn’t care. He goes to live with his grandmother in the outskirts of the mining city, Huanuni, where Francisco, his godfather, gives him a job at the mine. Preferring to spend his time high or drunk, it doesn’t take long for Elder to mess it up. But he soon finds out about a dark secret regarding Francisco’s involvement in his father’s death.

About the filmmaker:

Director, producer and scriptwriter Kiro Russo was born in La Paz, Bolivia. He made the short films Enterprisse (2010), Juku (2012) and New Life (2015), winning prizes at film festivals around the world. Russo crafted his first feature film, Viejo Calavera, in collaboration with the miners’ union. Read more here.

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