Malpaís

Paula Rodríguez Polanco

Colombia

Genre : Fiction
Length: 90’
Project status: Development
Budget : 700 000 €
Acquired budget: 10 000 €
Funds: CNAP (Image/mouvement development), Région Réunion (writing grant)
Shooting country: Colombia

First Feature Film

After finding the body of a drowned fisherman, Rosario and her father leave the Pacific Ocean to try their luck in a mining village overlooked by a volcano. Rosario tries to adapt to her new life, but on the volcano, men are mysteriously disappearing, attracted by the night-time darkness of the mining galleries.

Note of intention

On January 18, 2022, I was filming at an altitude of 4,800 meters on the summit of the Cumbal volcano in southern Colombia.
My biologist friend and I had noticed scratches on some huge rocks along the way. Our guide, a native of the Quillasingas indigenous people, explained that, over time and with seismic movements, stones that had previously stuck together moved, and their movement caused friction like scratching, leaving these marks on their surface.
On this volcano, I thought of the images imprinted on my film, as if light and time were entering with their claws to caress the filmic surface, as if the ghosts of time were lodged on the material layers of celluloid.
This experience led me to build the Malpaís project. In this project, the territory is a character. My desire to shoot this film in volcanic territory was confirmed when I discovered these desert plains covered in lichens and ferns, with their dried-up lava flows and steep, wild terrain.
Malpaís was born of a desire to put the earth, the body and matter at the center. I’m interested in decentering the human from the theme of myth and popular folklore, while claiming the triumph of life in its free, contradictory, and fragmented forms. The film thus proposes a return to the hybrid, the magical and the ancestral.

Director

Paula Rodríguez Polanco

Filmography

• Heliconia | 2020 | 27’

Production

Production : L’Heure d’été (France)
Producers: Ninon Chapuis, Thibault de Gantès, Lucas Le Postec

Production : Mutokino (Colombia)
Producer: Felipe Guerrero

Selective filmography

Stéphanie Roland

Chloé Galibert-Laîné

Dan Sallitt

Riar Rizaldi

Advik Beni & Nehal Vyas

Leonardo Mouramateus

Katsuya Tomita

Ra Di Martino