Marité Ugas | Fiction, Drama

2020 | 93 minutes | Peru, Venezuela, Brazil, Norway

An aging self-proclaimed prophet revisits his past.


Aldo (Baldomero Cáceres) is an aging, self-proclaimed prophet who lost a sense of meaning in his life—until Gabriel (Miguel Dávalos), a young follower who idolizes Aldo and still believes in his teachings, tracks him down and encourages him to return to preaching. As Aldo reflects on his identity as a fraud and contemplates returning to his spiritual mission, Gabriel embraces his role as young apprentice while duplicitously easing Aldo’s teachings into the new age.

From award-winning filmmakers Mariana Rondón and Marité Ugás comes this captivating story about faith, lies, and empathy. Situating a sense of place with striking locations, from Aldo’s shack on a beachside cliff to the marketplace of the inner city, Aldo’s simultaneous hope and paranoia are relentlessly evoked by the haunting score and invasive camera movements. Cáceres and Dávalos give subtly complex performances, mirroring each other’s evolving characters in this stunning portrayal of the power of faith—and deception—over those who desperately seek spiritual guidance.

Main credits

Ugás, Marité (film director)
Ugás, Marité (screenwriter)
Rondón, Mariana (film producer)
Garcia, Celia C. (screenwriter)
Benites, Beto (actor)
Cáceres, Baldomero (actor)
Dávalos, Miguel (actor)

Other credits

Cinematography, John Márquez; editing, Marité Ugas; music, Pauchi Sasaki.

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Huelva Film Festival - Best Direction, Tribeca Film Festival, Santiago International Film Festival, Nashville Film Festival, Films From the South Norway, ArtHouse Asia Film Festival, Chicago Latino Film Festival, Philadelphia Latino Film Festival, Cine Magnífico Film Festival, Mostra Sao Paulo

DIRECTOR: Marité Ugas

NATIONALITY: Peru, Venezuela, Brazil, Norway

YEAR: 2020

GENRE: Fiction, Drama


COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: High School, College, Adults



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