Films 2019


by Joshua Gil / Mexico, Qatar, Dominican Republic 2019 / 84' / Special event - Closing film

Cast and Credits

Original Title / Sanctorum

Director / Joshua Gil

Screenplay / Joshua Gil

Cinematography / Mateo Gúzman, Joshua Gil

Editing / Joshua Gil, León Felipe González, Yibrán Asuad

Music / Galo Duran

Sound / Sergio Díaz

Art Direction / Rafael Camacho

Costume Design / Alisarine Ducolomb, Mario Salas

Cast / Erwin Antonio Pérez Jiménez, Nereyda Pérez Vásquez, Virgen Vázquez Torres, Javier Bautista González, Damián Dositelo Martínez Vásquez, Ofelia Díaz Gómez, Medardo Díaz Gutiérrez

Production / Marion d’Ornano, Joshua Gil – Parábola Cine, Carlos Sosa – Viento del Norte Cine, Laura Imperiale – Cacerola Films

Exectutive Production / Amy Darling, Tom Davia

Co-production / Alejandro Miranda – Vértigo FX, Israel Cárdenas – Aurora Dominicana, Rodrigo Itturalde, Georgina Gonzales – MonoFilms

Press Attaché / Gloria Zerbinati

Format / Color

Runtime / 84 min.


In a small, forgotten town surrounded by tree-covered mountains lives a small boy and his mother. Traditional life in the town has been uprooted ever since it got caught in the crossfire of the war between the military and the cartels. With few opportunities for work and not enough money to move somewhere else, the mother cultivates marijuana for the cartels. One day, she does not return from work. Struck with grief, the grandmother tells the little boy to go into the forest and pray to the sun, the wind, and the water so that they will return his mother unharmed. As the soldiers arrive and the villagers prepare for their last stand, the awesome power of nature manifests itself.

Joshua Gil

Joshua GilJoshua Gil (1976) has a Masters Degree in Cinematography by the School of Cinema and Audiovisual of Catalonia (ESCAC) in Barcelona Spain. Gil began his professional career in the photography department of the film Japón by Carlos Reygadas. Subsequently developed as a DoP in short films, feature films and documentaries while deepening his studies abroad with filmmakers such as Patricio Guzmán and The Quay Brothers. In 2007 he began his career as director of documentaries, commercials and television series. In 2015 he directed his first feature film La Maldad selected at the 65th Berlinale.