Dust on the Tongue
Spanish with English subtitles.
Director/Writer: Rubén Mendoza Producer: Daniel García/Día Fragma Cinematographer: Juan Carlos Gil Editors: Gustavo Vasco, Rubén Mendoza Sound: César Salazar, Isabel Torres Art Direction: Óscar Navarro Music: Edson Velandia Cast: Jairo Salcedo, Gabriel Mejía, Alma Rodríguez, Mauricio Silva
Silvio Vega, a grandfather approaching the final stage of his life, demands that two of his grandchildren take his life because he wants to die by the hand of someone who bears his own blood. To fulfill this wish, they travel together to the plains of Casanare, Colombia, where Silvio lived in his younger days. However, when the grandchildren discover the truth about their grandfather’s past, they will defy his wishes, keeping him alive, agonizing, as punishment for his past actions. Amidst the indifference of a voracious, mysterious and powerful landscape, this intensely profound film exposes the poles of tenderness and cruelty.
If there is a voice, original and unmistakable in Colombian cinema, it is that of Rubén Mendoza. In his films, the characters win by a knockout, annihilate humanity with their smell, sweat, and stubborn reality.
Julio Guzmán, El Tiempo
Tierra en la lengua es una película sobre las relaciones intergeneracionales que explora los polos de la ternura y la crueldad. Un abuelo en la etapa final de su existencia pide a dos de sus nietos que le quiten la vida, pues su deseo es morir en manos de alguien que lleve su propia sangre. Sin embargo, los jóvenes descubrirán una verdad que les hará tomar la decisión contraria: mantenerlo vivo, agónico como un castigo por sus acciones pasadas.
Rubén Mendoza (b.1980, Tunja, Colombia), co-founder of the production company Día Fragma, has written and directed more than eight shorts and the feature film La sociedad del semáforo (2010), which have won awards and screened at more than 30 international festivals. Tierra en la lengua won Best Film at the Cartagena de Indias Film Festival.