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The Main 4 Wed, May 11, 2022 1:40 PM
The Main 4 Wed, May 18, 2022 7:10 PM
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Ticket Prices
General Public:$15.00 (+$2 online fee)
Members:$10.00 (no online fee)
Student:$8.00 (box office only)
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:Cine Latino
Family Drama
Climate Change
Indigenous Voices
Release Year:2022
Runtime:87 min
Festivals & Awards:Sundance Film Festival – World Drama- GRAND JURY PRIZE
Print Source:Alpha Violet
Director:Alejandro Loayza Grisi
Executive Producer:Marcos Loayza
Producer:Santiago Layza Grisi
Federico Moreira
Cinematographer:Barbara Alvarez
Screenwriter:Alejandro Loayza Grisi
Editor:Fernando Epstein
Composer:Cergio Prudencio
Principal Cast:José Calcina
Luisa Quispe
Santos Choque


Virginio and Sisa live in the arid Bolivian highlands. Virginio attends to their animals, Sisa is responsible for gathering water. But global warming’s destructive reach has touched them, as the water is becoming more and more difficult to acquire in Alejandro Loayza Grisi’s studied debut.

This elderly Quechua couple has spent their lives herding llamas, raising their family and carrying on day-to-day. Nothing seems to have changed, except that the water is growing more and more difficult to get, the result of a seemingly unending drought. Their grandson, Clever, is trying to get them to move to the city, as he and many others have done before them, but this life is all they know. Soon ‘utama’–’our home’ in the Quechua dialect–is swiftly losing its ability to sustain them. “[A]an exceptional debut that reveals a heightened visual sense.” –Todd McCarthy, Deadline

Director Biography

Alejandro Loayza Grisi

Born in Bolivia, Alejandro Loayza Grisi studied advertising and graphic design in Córdoba, Argentina before becoming a photographer and then cinematographer on numerous short films. Utama (2022) debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, and is his first feature film.