The feature film in development Ñustawritten and directed by the Ecuadorian Christian Rojas was recognized with the Lexia Insights award in the section Open doorsof Locarno Film Festival, which is celebrated in the town of Switzerland.
The film project was one of the three regional films of the Locarno Producers Laboratory. “Really the heart is filled with much happiness and joy. This award gives us the strength to continue advancing”, Rojas wrote on his social networks.
The story delves into the complexities surrounding coming out of the closet to an inhospitable community. The film follows Kallpa, a 12-year-old indigenous teenager from the highlands of Ecuador who gradually discovers his need for transition. Along with the Inti Raymi celebrations, Kallpa must navigate those desires in the midst of prejudiced minds and abuse to honor one’s own truth and inner peace.
In an exclusive interview for VarietyRojas said the story reflects his personal voice. “Kallpa’s desire to become a woman reflects my experience and my desire to recognize and show my homosexuality and the necessary and courageous daily realization that there is nothing wrong with being who you are”expressed the also founder of Oso Rojo Films, a studio that promotes LGBTQ film projects and their rights.
“Ñusta explores the gender transition of Kallpa, from instinct, body and sexual abuse, but above all, reflecting on indigenous roots”narrowed down
In 2021, the film in development won the Gender Point section in the Latin American industry market of Ventana Sur, in Buenos Aires. In addition, it was awarded in the market of the co-production meetings of the Bio Bio Lab event in Chile.
“Ñusta“It is a very intimate film, born from the need to make visible the reality that certain minorities live in our country, in Latin America and in the world”, mentioned in this interview Daniela Moncadaproducer of the film.
In the main cast are Ecuadorian Camilo Burneo as Kallpa, Peruvian theater actress and activist Pamela Mendoza, and Peruvian artist Amiel Cayo. The film is scheduled to shoot in 2023.
The Locarno Film Festival is considered one of the 10 most important European festivals, behind Cannes, Venice, Berlin and San Sebastian. (YO)