Los Gigantes No Existen 2017
1h 22min | Drama | 2 October 2019 (USA)
Guatemala, in the 80s. The worst days of the Civil war. Andrxc3xa9s is 9 years old. He lives with Pedro Gonzxc3xa1lez, one of the men who massacred all the women and children in his village. Andrxc3xa9s has survived, but he’s scared. Pedro’s wife, Marxc3xada, is also scared, scared to go out, scared to lose Andrxc3xa9s, whom she considers as “her new son” – even Pedro is scared, scared of himself and what the Army bounds him to do. Andrxc3xa9s would like to run away but he also wants to stay in his new family – until his sister appears.
Giants Don,t Exist is a compelling story, based on the childhood of real life activist Jesus Trecu during the Guatemala civil war of the 198os.The film gives us several points of view (his adopted mother, his adopted father) but often stays with this little boy who had been. taken from his original family in the mountains and whose future may be threatened as his new father belongs to a paramilitary force.The director and cinematographer use a somewhat overworked recent trope of deliberately desaturating most of the color from the images so they look resolutely drab and depressing.Though this leads to a dramatic effect when the boy, in conversations with another boy (possibly imaginary) who comes to visit him, mentions the existence of giants in a nearby circus.When they later cross a river and see such a circus in a town, there are sudden bursts of color as we see participants on stilts who look like giants, balloons and other festive touches. Worth seeing .
Director: Chema Rodrxc3xadguez
Writers: Chema Rodrxc3xadguez, Lexc3xb3n Siminiani
Stars: Rafael Rojas, Luis Carlos Pineda, Andrxc3xa9s Toz
Country: Spain | Guatemala
Language: Spanish | Maya
Release Date: 2 October 2019 (USA)
Also Known As: 7 Horas
Filming Locations: Guatemala