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Development - SPANISH - First film, Drama - 90 minutes

Log Line

To save his son from an violent future, Andres will teach him to bear the weight of death.

Previous markets

  • Cannes 2014 (Debut)
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Year of production : 2016

Director(s) : Gustavo RONDÓN CÓRDOVA
Writer(s) : Gustavo RONDÓN CÓRDOVA
Producer(s) : Gustavo RONDÓN CÓRDOVA (La Pandilla), Marianela ILLAS (La Pandilla), Natalia MACHADO (La Pandilla)

Synopsis

In a blue-collar section of Caracas, along a boundary where building blocks end and favela-like slums begin, Andres (40) lives with his son Pedro (12), his only family. Andres is a hard worker with three dead-end jobs to support himself and his son: as a house painter at high-class condos, as a waiter at private events, plus selling the liquor he steals at the catering jobs. Pedro is a pre-adolescent who spends a lot of time on his own and has found affection and experiences within his building block.
One afternoon, father and son buy groceries close to their home, keeping an eye out since thugs ride around the area with their guns in plain sight. Andres leaves Pedro for a while to deliver some alcohol to a regular client. As Andres is returning, he sees a street fight in the distance: a young thief is attacking Pedro, and in self- defense, his son stabs the assailant in the stomach with a broken glass bottle. Pedro and his father run away scared, leaving the wounded kid crying and bleeding on the ground.
At home, panic sets in. Andres knows the young thief is from the slum, and he is certain of the danger the situation presents to them. Andres decides that he and Pedro must leave their home in order to save their lives.
Without a plan, Andres goes to the few people he knows, looking for a place where they will be safe, sometimes asking for help, sometimes taking risks, like occupying an apartment that doesn’t belong to them.
There, father and son will finally be able to spend time with each other, which will reveal who they really are, what they lack, what they are hiding, but above all, what they are willing to do for each other. In this seemingly safer place, Andres receives a call and is told that the young thief Pedro wounded has died. Filled with mixed emotions and thoughts, he decides to keep the truth from his son – the fact that Pedro has killed – and assume the consequences of his decision.
THE FAMILY is about a father determined to save his son from violence.

Production

Country(ies) : VENEZUELA

Start of shooting : June, 2015

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