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DDocumentary Competition

Echo of the Mountain

Echo of the Mountain

Original Title: Eco de la montaña
Director: Nicolás  Echevarría
Mexico | Spanish
2014 | 91min.
Subtitles: Arabic, English
Format: DCP
15+
When we first meet Santos de la Torre on a dusty ranch in rural Mexico, one would be forgiven for not suspecting the simple, quiet man to be an astoundingly talented visual artist. His chosen form—multipaneled murals crafted from impossibly tiny beads—is the perfect vehicle to express the spirituality and soul of not just himself but his increasingly marginalized community of indigenous Huichol people. Veteran filmmaker Nicolás Echevarría, long a champion of the Huichol and their unique stories, pays de la Torre the respect and attention he deserves with this thoughtful documentary, which took home multiple honors at the Guadalajara Film Festival. Echevarría pays proper attention to the great irony of de la Torre’s life as an artist—one of his dazzling, impossible-to-ignore murals hangs in the Paris Metro station that serves the Louvre, yet the artist wasn’t even invited to the unveiling ceremony and continues to toil largely unacknowledged in his home country—but the driving force behind the humbly styled film is de la Torre’s efforts to create a new mural. We see him sketching, passionately describing his subject matter. Echevarría reveals the depth of both his artist subject and the threatened land and lifestyle he holds dear as de la Torre makes a nearly 400-mile sacred pilgrimage to ask the gods permission to create his art. —Joel Hoglund

Director,  Nicolás  Echevarría

Director,  Nicolás  Echevarría

Nicolás Echevarría is a Mexican filmmaker with more than 20 film and television directing credits to his name. His first narrative feature, Cabeza de Vaca, screened at the Berlin Film Festival in 1991 and was Mexico’s nomination to the Academy Awards. Over a nearly 40-year career he has been awarded the Makhila d’Or from the Biarritz Festival and grants from the Rockefeller and Guggenheim fellowships.

Cast and Crew

Director
Nicolás Echevarría
Production Company
Cuadro Negro, Ithaca, Amadís, Diorama, Piano
Music
Mario Lavista
Producer
José Álvarez, Julio Chavezmontes, James Ramey, Michael Fitzgerald
Screenwriter
Nicolás Echevarría
Editor
Omar Guzmán
Cinematographer
Nicolás Echevarría, Sebastián Hofmann
Sound
Sergio Díaz
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