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9 December 2011 (Venezuela) See more »
In the heart of the jungle lies the hope
Caracas Ana travels to the Amazon with her husband, Andres Ana, leaving his daughter in Caracas. But... See more » | Full synopsis »
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order)

Patricia Velasquez ... Ana
Erich Wildpret ... Ricardo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Camila Alcantara ... Young Elena
Angeles Cruz ... Matiri
Enrique Chino Dorante ... Turema
Alejo Felipe ... Padre Felipe

Danay Garcia ... Elena
Francisco Gonzalez ... Hukomawë
Amilcar Marcano ... Jefe Kokimiteri
Marcos Moreno ... Moriwë
Julio Mota ... Camacho
Diego Armando Salazar ... Andres
Ana Verónica Schultz ... Bella Indígena
Arlette Torres ... Maroma
Beatriz Vásquez ... Aida

Directed by
Margarita Cadenas 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Margarita Cadenas  written by

Produced by
Pilar Arteaga .... associate producer
Margarita Cadenas .... producer
Antonio Subero .... co-producer
Patricia Velasquez .... executive producer
Original Music by
Tulio Cremisini (original music by)
Tulio Cremisini (original score and music)
Cinematography by
Alfredo Cova 
Film Editing by
Margarita Cadenas 
Zoum Dominguez 
Juan Teppa 
Casting by
Mela Marmol 
Art Direction by
Renny Barrios (principal art director)
Erasmo Colón 
Costume Design by
Patricia Busquets 
Makeup Department
Juan de Dios Guzman .... makeup artist
Production Management
Nelson Carranza .... head of production
Freddy Garcia .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lenny Avila .... first assistant director
Jonathan Delgado .... second assistant director
Miguel Delgado .... assistant director
Sound Department
Jorge Gutiérrez Jiménez .... re-recording mixer
Frank Rojas .... sound
Special Effects by
Miguel Angel Romero .... special effects director
Music Department
Daniel Montesinos .... music editor (additional music)
Other crew
Rodrigo Llamozas .... marketing & distribution

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Additional Details

Venezuela:100 min
Color (original 35 mm prints)


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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Immersion in cultural and ancestral humanity, 28 August 2011
Author: Christian from Canada

The writer/director, Margarita Cadenas, presented this film at the World Premiere in the Montreal World Film Festival.

The screening was greeted with immense praise and admiration. This had been a ten year project along with a related documentary, but the final product was not short of visceral and outstanding. The beginning of the movie is rather typical and somewhat slow, but once you are alone in the amazon, the human aspect of survival is well portrayed.

Then you plunge into a cultural experience like none other. With all the films looking at indigenous or earlier civilizations from "Quest for Fire (1981)" to "Apocalypto (2005)", this is the definite experience. I, myself, have briefly lived in the tribal world of the Vietnamese Red Yao people, an experience which changed my life, but this look into an ancient living culture in the midst of the Amazon is stupendous.

The text and subtext, the acting and cinematography, the dirt-digging directing and the minimalist music all add to this masterpiece. A France and Venezuela co-production, this movie has all the necessary technique and humanness to warrant a prize at the festival which will deliberate today.

I wish this film all the success it deserves and to the film-going public to discover the best Venezulan film ever and one of the best film of 2011.

This movie will plunge you in a world of tribal nature like Cameron's "Avatar (2009)", but will manage to keep you more grounded with details of humanity that leaves only life and no vanity... A simple story, but told so superbly. Straight to the essentials. No sensationalism like "Cannibal Holocaust (1980)"; culture exploration and existentialism at all cost.

The director also mentioned she based this tale on two real life stories including a woman from Brazil who was kidnapped by the Yanomami and lived with them 33 years only to be rejected by her family at her return. No one in the audience could believe that all the speaking parts were actors and not real Yanomami tribe people. The training, creation and direction, including art direction, give a feel so realistic you will have experienced life in the remote amazon as the protagonist does. Go see this to discover your kind and yourself.

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