A Vanishing Fog
Colombia, Czech Republic, Norway, 2021 / 76 min / Spanish OV with English subt. / Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
In the middle of the staggering and endangered Paramo of Sumapaz; F, a solitary explorer and guardian of the mountains, condemned by his fate, strives to protect the mystical and fragile ecosystem he inhabits, while caring for his ailing father. Facing the imminent return of violence and overcoming his human limitations, F has been preparing his escape, but before pursuing a new dimension, he will have to endure a heartrending farewell.
“A Vanishing Fog is a cinematic and sensory experience entirely shot in the endangered Paramo of Sumapaz in Colombia — a place of great importance for the ecological balance of the entire Western hemisphere. It pays homage to this magical place and to its people. It’s a personal call to take urgent environmental action”
“A deeply personal film, perhaps a song or a poem, a liberation. Between past and future, between sanity and delirium, between bliss and tragedy, I have built a cinematographic work of mystery. At times, the impossibility of representing the absolute and the transcendent leads us to get in touch with abstraction. As we open the door and enter through a tunnel guiding us to a garden, we find paradise, ascension, desire, fear, and the multiple realities that bring us closer to the sacred and divine. There are people who have suffered anguish and true horror, fleeing aimlessly to save a worthless life. Freedom and creation justly settle in to enunciate the fatidic and the unhuman. Art must agitate the spirit. With the curiosity of a free child, through imagination, we can embark upon a journey from the amazing Paramo of Sumapaz toward a different dimension where everything is possible. “
Director’s statements, Augusto Sandino
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“Colombia’s ancient mountains are the setting for Augusto Sandino’s surrealist family drama” Jonathan Holland, Screen Daily, 20/11/2021
“Augusto Sandino’s film mixes magical realism with psychological-drama elements, with an impending ecological disaster taking place in the background (…) a cinematic experience" Davide Abbatescianni, Cineuropa, 29/11/2021
“Packed with ambitious imagery that playfully wavers between the social drama and science fiction, “A Vanishing Fog” uses as a background the deeply beautiful landscape of the Páramo of Sumapaz, the biggest of its kind, whose soil – as most of Colombia’s ecologically rich lands – has been scorched by the country’s social conflict and environmental irresponsibility.” Emiliano Granada, Variety, 5/11/2021
- Official Selection, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, 2021), Estonia
Augusto Sandino is one of the outstanding names in Colombian contemporary cinema. Winner of over 30 international prizes and the National Cinema Award 2000-2005 given by the Ministry of Culture of Colombia for his short Aniversario. His feature debut Suave el aliento (Gentle Breath) won the Special Jury prize and the FIPRESCI award at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in 2016. He is the founding director of the Auteur cinema symposium manifesto with Carlos Reygadas, Lisandro Alonso and Amat Escalante in 2014. He has also been the producer of his films “La forma del presente” (The Shape of Now) which was presented at DOK Leipzig Next in 2018; “La torre” (The Tower) selected at the Rotterdam International Film Festival 2018; Karen llora en un bus (Karen Cries on the Bus) has been presented at the Forum section of the Berlinale in 2011.
A Vanishing Fog is his second feature film.
- 2021 - A Vanishing Fog
- 2016 - Suave el aliento (Gentle Breath)