Armando Espitia, Sofia Espinosa: Six Months in the Pink Blue Building

Armando Espitia, Sofia Espinosa: Six Months in the Pink Blue Building

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Armando Espitia, who broke out as the hapless young factory worker in Amat Escalante’s Cannes-winner “Heli,” is linked to star in “Six Months in the Pink and Blue Building,” a feature film project sent to San Sebastian’s Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum. by Bruno Santamaría Raso from Mexico.

Also on board is actor – and writer-producer – Sofia Espinosa, who had all three roles in Max Zunino’s “Los Bañistas” and “Bruma” and won a Mexican Academy Ariel for her gut-wrenching performance as Gloria Trevi in ​​”Gloria.” .

Written and directed by Santamaría, “Six Months in the Pink and Blue Building,” (“Seis meses en el edificio rosa con azul”) marks his first feature film. He attracted attention, winning a Chicago Golden Hugo Golden Hugo and Golde Q Hugo for Best Documentary for “Things We Dare Not Do,” a film that straddles fiction in its finishing, production values, and narrative structures, such as Toño, the oldest son and second father of a swarm of siblings, living in a backwater village on swampy plains and mustering up the courage to tell his mother he’s gay.

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Autobiographically, “Six Months” is “an opportunity to understand an intimate and familiar event from the past,” in Santamaría’s words. Set in 1996, the story follows 10-year-old Bru, whose father has been diagnosed with HIV. His mother and father are especially affectionate towards Bru and his brother, despite the fact that living with an HIV patient can mean physical or social death.

Six months pass and it turns out that the diagnosis was a hospital error. A few days later, Bru’s parents announce that they are getting a divorce.

“What happened behind love? What do parents not tell each other and what do parents not tell their children, and why?”

“I want to film the looks and conversations my parents had in silence that I couldn’t observe as a child. I want to construct a fiction to see my parents again and find some sense [in what happened],” he added.

“I have the impression that nobody knows themselves. Everyone lives a fantasy, or the idea that they could be a happy conventional family and they make a huge effort to put a lot of love into living that. But inside they are torn apart,” Santamaria told Variety.

Layered with constant irony, “navigates between comedy and drama,” the film’s tone, which painfully enters from a playful place, will be that of salsa music, the director said.

“For me, the film is full of salsa music, which is close to the tone I want to achieve. The lyrics are about tragedies, loneliness…. But it’s music that people dance to, it’s festive.”

Espitia’s credits also include “A Nuestras Madres” and “Te Llevo Conmigo.”Six Months is produced by Guillermo Ortiz

at Ojo de Vaca. Santamaría won a Fonca grant for young creators to write the “Six Months” screenplay for 2020-2021, plus a Medienboard-funded BerlinAiR residency from the Festival de Guanajuato and Nipkow program 2022.

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