Nicolás Rincón Gille

Colombia, Belgium, Brazil, France, 2019 / 137 min / Spanish OV with French or English subt. / drama

A grieving father’s lonely journey to bury his sons turns into a metaphor for his torn country, Colombia.

After a long night out fishing, José returns to his home deep in the Colombian rainforest. When he gets to his village, he discovers that paramilitary forces have killed his sons Dionisio and Rafael, and thrown their bodies into the Magdalena river. José begins a lonely journey to retrieve his boys’ corpses and provide a proper burial for them, in order to prevent their tormented souls from being stuck in this world and wandering aimlessly around like so many others. Aboard his canoe, José discovers the magic of a country torn into pieces, and, guided by magical rituals and his unwavering will, the old fisherman confronts his sons’ murderers and their reign of terror.

Sun 08/03 20:30 Cinémathèque ES OV with EN subt. Public
Mon 09/03 20:30 Ciné Utopia ES OV with FR subt. Public
Thu 12/03 10:00 Kinepolis Kirchberg ES OV with EN subt. Public

“An immersive, riveting, exceptional debut that builds to a powerful lament for the vanished victims of Colombia’s civil strife. […] The placid waterway that is the thematic and geographical spine of writer-director Nicolás Rincón Gille’s unfeasibly gripping, slow-scorching feature debut flows through Colombia’s Bolivar region, and back in 2002, when Valley of Souls is set, it bore witness to untold barbarism as part of the nation’s drawn-out internal conflict. Gille imagines one such instance of arbitrary violence — tiny in the grand scheme of things — and creates from it a film of astonishing power, as the simple story of José’s quest to find the bodies of his murdered sons quietly floods its banks to become a mythic act of memorialization.” Jessica Kiang, Variety, 06/10/19

  • Best Feature Film, Marrakech International Film Festival, 2019 (Morocco)
  • Special Mention for the Best Film, Festival des 3 Continents de Nantes, 2019 (France)
Cast & Credits
Arley de Jesús, Carvallido Lobo
Nicolás Rincón Gille
Juan Sarmiento G.
Vincent Nouaille, Edson Secco
Juan Pablo Garay
Medio de Contención Producciones
Neon Rouge, Sto Lat Films, Tact Production
Best Friend Forever

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Economy in Bogotá, Colombia, Nicolás Rincón Gille continued his studies at the Belgian Film and Drama School INSAS. He worked as a cinematographer on a few films and directed three shorts before embarking on his documentary trilogy project Campo Hablado dedicated to the richness of oral tradition in Colombia’s countryside. The first part, Those Waiting in the Dark (2007), received the Joris Ivens Award at Cinéma du Réel, and was followed by the critically acclaimed The Embrace of the River (2010) and Wounded Night (2015), the two of which received awards internationally. Valley of Souls (2019) is his first fiction feature.

  • 2019 – Tantas Almas
  • 2016 – Besos fríos (court-métrage documentaire / documentary short / Dokumentarkurzfilm)
  • 2015 – Noche herida (documentaire / documentary / Dokumentarfilm)
  • 2010 – Los abrazos del río (documentaire / documentary / Dokumentarfilm)
  • 2007 – En lo escondido (documentaire / documentary / Dokumentarfilm)
  • 2004 – Azur (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)