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9th edition: 21 April - 26 April 2020

Keyla (2017 Feature Film) Nominee

Viviana Gómez Echeverry | Colombia | 2016 | 87 min | Creole, Spanish | e.s.

Just before her 18th birthday, Keyla’s father is lost at sea. What has happened to him? Where is his body? Colombian filmmaker Viviana Gómez Echeverry studies the tension between dream and reality on an ostensibly paradisiacal Caribbean island in this promising debut.

Keyla’s father has pirate blood, but that also applies to almost everyone else on the Columbian island of Providencia in the Caribbean – once home to the base of the notorious pirate Henry Morgan. A natural paradise that tourists fall for as they also do for the inhabitants. The population is a mix of buccaneers, the slaves they brought with them and other wanderers. This is the place Keyla waits for her father. He disappeared suddenly at sea, leaving no trace. Whilst waiting, Keyla receives an unexpected visitor in the shape of her Spanish ex-stepmother and her half-brother whom she hasn’t seen for well over a decade.

In her feature debut, filmmaker Viviana Gómez Echeverry shows Keyla slowly allowing her family back into her life. It’s a story about the strength of roots and the collision between romance and reality. Moreover, it’s a declaration of love to a beautiful island that Echeverry captures in all its complexity.

Place: CINEMA 5

Date: 7 April 2017

Time: 19:45

Duration: 1:06

Place: CINEMA 5

Date: 8 April 2017

Time: 12:45

Duration: 1:03

Place: CINEMA 5

Date: 9 April 2017

Time: 16:15

Duration: 1:06

Year in Festival
Viviana Gómez Echeverry
Mauricio Vidal
Elsa Whitaker
Sebastián Enciso Salamanca
Mercedes Salazar
Felipe Cabeza
Norvel Walters
Anthony Assaf Howard
Adriana Whitaker Torres
Ximena Alejandra Franco
Nicolás Servide Staffolani
87 min
Daniel Velasco
Raquel Imedio García
Production Company
Old Providence School
Production Design
Carmen Gómez Vega
Viviana Gómez Echeverry
Sound Design
Carolina Ortiz Cerón
Year of Production
Viviana Gómez Echeverry

Viviana Gómez ECHEVERRY (Colombia) studied social communication at university in Bogota. In Spain, she specialized in cinematography. After completing her studies, Echeverry worked as a camerawoman, made short films and co-directed the documentary Life Is Sacred (2014). She also lectures at university in Colombia. Keyla is her fictional debut.


Trópico exótico/Exotic Tropical (2012, short), 16th Birthday (2013, short), Life Is Sacred (2014, doc, co-dir), Keyla (2016)