Augusto SANDINO (SCHWEIZEN MEDIA GROUP S.A.S), Santiago GARCÍA GALVAN (Itaca Films)
In 2004, a bomb exploded in the public library of Medellín in Colombia. Only one photo exists of the attack, which was never solved. You can see library staff clearing the rubble. This photo inspired Sebastian Múnera to make his first film, The Tower, a title that refers to the Tower of Babel. This experimental black-and-white film, with an occasional colour insert, is set in and around the move from the old library to a new one under construction. Three characters are followed: photo restorer Jorge, who tries to develop a long-hidden photo; librarian Gloria, Neyder, a young construction worker. The occasionally mysterious form of The Tower leaves a lot open for interpretation. While the calmly moving camera glides lovingly through the building, time and light pass. The result is a brave and poetic attempt to keep history alive.