Cuando ellos se fueron (Ecuador)
April 24 May 2 2020

When They Left

Cuando ellos se fueron

  • Verónica Haro Abril


When the colourful ice-cream van rides through the deserted streets of the village, there are no children trailing behind it. In Plazuela, a peaceful hamlet lost in a mountainous region of Ecuador, only a handful of old ladies remain, who are all widows. In the gloom of their houses, photos of those who are gone hang on walls: husbands who have passed away a few years earlier, children gone to work in the big cities or abroad, and grandchildren who have grown up far away from them. Some years after the death of her grandparents, the filmmaker comes back to the village to film Lucrecia, Gloria, Consolación, Piedad and the other grandmothers who continue to keep Plazuela alive, at least for a few more years. Through them, their gestures, their histories and their affection, she is also trying to capture the figure of her own deceased grandmother. The result is a funny, delicate and moving portrait, which is full of life. Like the giggles of two friends breaking the silence, like a couple of steps danced in front of a radio and childhood memories suddenly resurface.

Céline Guénot
Length: 61'
Country: Ecuador
Year: 2019
Language(s): Spanish
Premiere status at VdR: World Premiere
VdR edition : 2019


Diego Mondaca  (Illimani Films)

Sales Contact

Verónica Haro Abril
Abril Films
Tel. +593984082480


Language(s):  Spanish
Subtitles:  English, French
  • Tuesday 9 April
  • 13:30

Followed by a discussion

  • Wednesday 10 April
  • 11:45