festival program / Jordan Ressler First Feature Award

Mother, A


Alejandro, the youngest of his recently deceased father's two sons, is brimming with anger, upset that his father and older brother have for so long committed his mother to a rural Colombian mental asylum. He's convinced that the place for his schizophrenic mother is at home with her loved ones, not in an institution. While on an unannounced visit, he kidnaps his mother to take her home with him once and for all – but Alejandro is soon overwhelmed by his mother's mental incapacities as they embark on a journey of love and commitment, of emotional and physical extremes.

This is a startling debut film with exceptional casting and performances. A Mother is a bold reminder of what we inherit from our parents, whether we are aware of it or not.

This screening is sponsored by HBO, FlixLatino, ViendoMovies Available with Xfinity, Fringe Partners and the Jordan Alexander Ressler Charitable Fund.

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SilverSpot Cinema 16

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Director Bio

Diógenes Cuevas is a filmmaker from Colombia. A graduate of the University of Medellín, he has directed music videos for renowned Colombian artists, and served as assistant director on Catalina Arroyave’s Days of the Whale (19) and Jhonny Hendrix’s Candelaria (17), the latter an official selection of Miami Film Festival. A Mother (20), his directorial debut, is a co-production of Antorcha Films SAS (Colombia) and Pucará Cine SRL (Argentina), and was originally scheduled to have its World Premiere at the 2020 Miami Film Festival, when the premiere was cancelled by coronavirus concerns.

Cast & Credits

  • Director(s)
    Diógenes Cuevas
  • Producer(s)
    Federico Eibuszyc, Jhonny Hendrix, Barbara Sarasola-Day
  • Screenwriter(s)
    Diógenes Cuevas
  • Cinematographer(s)
    Roman Kasseroller
  • Composer
    Alvaro Morales
  • Cast
    Jose Restrepo, Marcela Valencia

Film Info