The spiritual and magical quest of a child for his disappeared mother, in a context of war between the army and the drug traffickers.

"This shocking mystical film serves as a social denunciation and at the same time a message of hope."

"Sanctorum is a visual effects feast that is enhanced by its sound design, which Gil said took up to a year and was crafted by sound designer-supervising sound editor Sergio Diaz, whose multi-awarded credits include such gems as Roma (2018), by the genius filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón, and Babel (2006) by Alejandro González Iñárritu (the director responsible for Amores perros (2000)."


In a small town caught in the crossfire between the military and the cartels, live a small boy and his mother. One day, she does not return from the marijuana fields where she works. The anguished boy asks his grandmother where his mom went. Struck with grief, the grandmother tells him to go into the forest and pray to the natural elements that she returns unharmed. As the soldiers arrive and the villagers prepare for their last stand, the awesome power of nature manifests itself.

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Director: Joshua Gil
Genre: Drama / Fantastic
Original title: Sanctorum
English title: Sanctorum
Country of production: Mexico, Dominican Republic, Qatar
Year of production: 2019
Length: 83 min
Color: Colour
Original language: Spanish / Mixe
Subtitles: English, Spanish, Italian
Cast: Erwin Antonio Pérez Jiménez, Nereyda Pérez Vásquez, Virgen Vázquez Torres,Javier Bautista González, Damián D. Martínez

Scriptwriter: Joshua Gil
Director of photography: Mateo Guzmán, Joshua Gil
Production designer: Rafael Camacho
Editor: León Felipe González, Joshua Gil, Mateo Guzmán
Sound design: Sergio Diaz
Music: Galo Durán
Producers: Marion d´Ornano, Laura Imperiale, Carlos Sosa, Joshua Gil
Co-producers: Alejandro Miranda, Israel Cárdenas, Laura Amelia Guzmán
Production company: Parábola Cine
Co-production company: Cacerola Films, Viento del Norte Cine, Telegrama Audiovisual, Aurora Dominicana, Vertigo Fx
Supported by: EFICINE, Doha Film Institute, Tribeca Film Institute

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Festivals / Awards

Venice International Film Festival: Critic´s Week - World Premiere
Morelia FF, Mexico
Stockholm IFF, Sweden
Goa IFF, India
Márgenes FF, Spain
Tromso IFF, Norway
Black Movie Film Festival, Switzerland
FICCI - The Cartagena de Indias IFF, Colombia
Cinelatino, France - FIPRESCI Award, Prix de la Critique de Toulouse
Bordeaux Latin FF, France 
Monterrey FF, Mexico

Morvido Fantastic FF, Mexico
Sanfic Festival Internacional de Cine - Best Film Award

Montreal International First Peoples’ Festival, Canada - MEILLEURE DIRECTION PHOTO ‘Création’ / ‘Creation’ Best Cinematography
Love &Anarchy Helsinki IFF, Finland
Istanbul IFF, Turkey - International Competition
Cine Latino Minneapolis St. Paul IFF, USA
New Horizons IFF, Poland
FANCINE - Fantastic FF of Málaga, Spain
FIFAM - Amien IFF, France - Grand Jury Award
Films From the South IFF, Norway
Rio de la Plata Cannabis IFF, Argentina 
Indie 2020, Brazil
WOW Wales One World Film Festival, UK
Cinelatino, France
FICCI IFF, Colombia

MOOOV, Belgium






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