“Sharply observed… accomplishes the nearly impossible” - The Hollywood Reporter
“Striking” - Filmmaker Magazine
“A movie not to miss… perfectly played” - Cinema365
“Juan Sebastián has portrayed in CENIZAS the harrowing process of becoming adults, of recognizing ourselves as ephemeral, and capable of the most noble actions as well as the most perverse.” - La Barra Espaciadora
“Moving… Diego Naranjo, who plays Galo, works a miracle” - Babieca Magazine
“One of the best national premieres in recent years” - Jorge Vega Reyes
Production Companies: AbacaFilms (Ecuador), Raindogs Cine (Uruguay)
International Sales: FiGa Films
Festivals: Miami Film Festival, Havana Film Festival, Festival do Rio, IFFPanama, Kolkata International Film Festival, New York Latino Film Festival, Festival del Cinema Latino Americano di Trieste, Festival de Cine Orquidea, etc.
Awards: Festival Internacional de Cine de las Alturas (Best Film, Best Actor); Kunturñawi Film Festival (Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Editing); Guayaquil International Film Festival (Best Film, Best Actor); Hispanic Culture Film Festival (Best Film, Best Director); Muestra de Cine Línea Imaginaria en Madrid (Special Recognition to the actress Samanta Caicedo for her work in CENIZAS).
With the Support of: Instituto de Cine y Creación Audiovisual Ecuador, Programa Ibermedia.
Year of Release: 2018
Caridad hasn’t spoken to her father in years—not since he left the family under a cloud of suspicion and accusations. But that changes when a long dormant volcano starts spewing ash and Caridad finds herself isolated and trapped within the blast zone. Out of options, she reaches out to her father and confronts the emotions she repressed for so many years.
CENIZAS is an keenly observed and delicately rendered family drama and the second feature from Ecuadorian writer/director Juan Sebastián Jácome. This film is an examination of a family in crisis set under the looming cloud of a geological disaster. Joined by Samanta Caicedo as Caridad and Diego Naranjo as her father Galo, Jácome explores the moments and emotions that lead to the confrontation of issues that that stayed as tabboos for many years.
Director: Juan Sebastián Jácome
Executive Producer: Irina Caballero
Producers: Irina Caballero, Andrew Hevia, Germán Tejeira
Cast: Samanta Caicedo, Diego Naranjo, Juana Estrella, Estela Álvarez, Pavel Almeida
Screenplay: Juan Sebastián Jácome
Editors: Julián Goyoaga, Germán Tejeira
Director of Photography: Simón Brauer
Music: Xavier Müller
Sound: Estebanoise Brauer
Production Design: Emilia Dávila
Wardrobe: Carmen Dávila Falconí
Assistant Director: Carlos Ramírez