International Competition


Clare Weiskopf, Nicolás van Hemelryck
Screening time  
29.03. / Wednesday, 17:30 - 19:30 Theatre 1  
01.04. / Saturday, 17:00 - 19:00 Theatre 2  
02.04. / Sunday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 2  

How to imagine your future when you were born without opportunities? In a shelter for teenage girls in Bogota, a group of young women are invited to close their eyes and imagine the life story of a fictional classmate named Alis. The exercise begins as an innocent game, but as the fiction takes shape, grows and blends with reality, it opens up the possibility for them to step outside of themselves and see their own experiences through a different perspective. Creating this fictional companion confronts them with the cycle of violence in which they have been immersed, and gives them a unique opportunity of dreaming with a brighter future. A deep and powerful story full of laughter, love and music that happens in the least expected place.


Clare Weiskopf

Clare Weiskopf is a filmmaker and journalist. She has spent more than twenty years working on social issues ranging from the armed conflict in Colombia and sexual violence as a weapon of war to the global spread of cumbia music. She was twice a winner of the Colombian National Journalism Award. Her last film Alis won the Crystal Bear and the Teddy award at the Berlinale. Her debut Amazona premiered at IDFA, was distributed in 11 countries and was nominated for the Goya and Fenix Awards. She is a founding member of Casatarantula and DOC:CO Distribution and Promotion agency and she has directed several documentaries and documentary series for TV channels. Clare has been a teacher of filmmaking in several universities and is frequently invited as a jury member in film funds.


Nicolás van Hemelryck

Nicolas Van Hemelryck is an award-winning filmmaker with a background in architecture and photography. His work reflects on how the way we tell stories determines how we relate with everything around us. Co-founder of the production company Casatarantula and the distribution and promotion agency DOC:CO. His latest film Alis won the Crystal Bear and the Teddy Award at the Berlinale. Amazona, his first feature film, was nominated for Best Ibero-American Film at the Goya and Fenix Awards. As a cinematographer he was nominated for Best Cinematography at the Fenix Awards. As a photographer his work has been exhibited in America, Europe and Asia. Nicolás has been a film advisor and professor at EICTV and at various national venues, and has been a jury member at film competitions.

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Chile, Romania, Colombia
2022, 84'

Directed by:
Clare Weiskopf, Nicolás van Hemelryck

Helkin René Díaz G.

Edited by:
Gustavo Vasco, Anne Fabini

Miguel Miranda, José Miguel Tobar

Clare Weiskopf, Nicolás Van Hemelryck, Radu Stancu, Alexandra Galvis

Produced by:
Casatarántula, DeFilm, Pantalla Cines

Festivals & Awards:

Berlinale: Crystal Bear, Teddy Award (2022), FICG Guadalajara IFF: Best Iberoamerican Documentary 2022, Hot Docs: Audience top 20 (2022), Sheffield DocFest: Youth Jury Award (2022), FEST New Directors New FF: Golden Lynx for Best Documentary (2022), Lima IFF: Best Director (2022), Cjicago IFF: Gold Hugo for Best Documentary Film (2022)