Awards & Festivals:
Asian Premiere at Goa IFF!
Official Selection at Bengaluru IFF, Comedy Cluj, Peliculatina Brussels and Kerala IFF!
Genre: Comedy, Drama
In a small Catholic village, the community stands against the local priest when the latter refuses to offer a funeral mass for a suicide victim. In reprisal, the priest denies the sacraments to the entire town, until the family of the deceased remove the body from the catholic graveyard.
Lisandro Duque Naranjo is a Colombian film director, anthropologist and writer. During his extensive career he made several audiovisual projects with Gabriel García Márquez. He was the director of the recognized Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión at San Antonio de Los Baños, Cuba. Nowadays he writes for the newspaper El Espectador and teaches in both the Universidad Central and Universidad Nacional in Colombia.
I made this film in response to the authoritarianism Catholic priests wielded over the faithful in my Colombian town, Sevilla. Local clerics controlled the population with fear of hell and damnation.
As a young anticleric in 1975, I was part of the story portrayed in the film.
Directed by: Lisandro Duque Naranjo
Producer: Anais Dominguez M.
Screenplay: Lisandro Duque Naranjo
Cinematography: Eduardo Ramirez
Editing: Ramiro Fierro U., Anaís Domínguez M.
Sound: Ramiro Fierro U.
Art Director: Jaime Luna
Music: Alejandro Ramírez Rojas
Original Title: El Soborno del Cielo / Digital / 2.35:1 / Colour / 93 min / Dolby Digital / Spanish with English subtitles / Colombia & Mexico 2016