Great Movement, The (2021): Kiro Russo’s Social Drama, Bolivia’s Entry for Best International Film Oscar


Bolivia is sending Kiro Russo’s The Great Movement, which had its world premiere at the 2021 Venice Film Fest, for the Best International Feature Oscar.

Shot entirely on 16mm film in La Paz, Bolivia, the tale tracks Elder, who has walked for a week to the capital along with his fellow miners, to demand their jobs back.

When Elder falls ill and as his condition worsens, he is sent to witch doctor to restore his health.

Russo’s 2016 feature debut Dark Skull, which won at Locarno and played at San Sebastian, was the Bolivian entry to the 90th Oscar Awards.

Best Friend Forever (BFF) is handling international sales for the film which BFF co-founders Martin Gondre and Charles Bin describe as “a gripping immersion into La Paz and the life of its invisibles, into a world that we never see.”

Scheduled to be theatrically released in Bolivia, the drama is produced by Russo and Pablo Paniagua at Socavón and Alexa Rivero at Altamar Films (“The Unknown Saint”), in association with Dan Wechsler at Bord Cadre films (“Petrov’s Flu,” “Memoria”), Andreas Roald at Sovereign Films (“Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn”), Jamal Zeinal-Zade (“Annette”) and Miguel Angel Peñaloza. — Anna Marie de la Fuente