Óscar Catacora’s acclaimed debut feature, Wiñaypacha (Eternity), -winner of the Best First Film and Best Cinematography awards at the Guadalajara Film Festival and the first Peruvian film shot entirely in the indigenous Aymara language, premieres on Tropical on Demand on Thursday, October 29, 2020.
A favorite at the 2019 edition of Neighboring Scenes Film Festival at Film at Lincoln Center, Wiñaypacha starring Rosa Nina and Vicente Catacora, tells the story of an elderly couple named Willka and Phaxsi (Sun and Moon) living in a remote part of the rugged Andes mountains. Like the elderly couple in Yasujirō Ozu’s Tokyo Story, the pair stoically face the challenges of daily life while waiting for the return of their son Antuku, who has migrated to the city.
Based on the lives of the filmmaker’s maternal grandparents – his paternal grandfather plays the role of Willka – and drawing extensively from Aymara culture and cosmology, Wiñaypacha is an accomplished debut feature with magnificent cinematography, as well as an exciting addition to the vibrant, growing body of Latin American cinema featuring indigenous communities.
A strong new artistic voice from Latin America, the award-winning artist Óscar Catacora is a self-taught filmmaker from Peru. He began his career as an audiovisual producer at age 17 and went on to develop short and mid-length experimental films. The Path of the Pimp (2007), was his experimental middle length film in which he has also acted. He has a degree in Social Communication Sciences and has studies in Art in the specialty of Theatre of the National University of Puno Altiplano. Wiñaypacha (2017) marks his debut feature.