LAND OF ASHES (CENIZA NEGRA), selected at the 2019 edition of La Semaine de la Critique, is the first feature film, developed during the 4th session of Next Step, by female director Sofía Quirós Ubeda. This poetic feature competed in a dozen international film festivals including Athens, Carthagena, Mumbai, Warsaw, Lima, Göteborg, Biarritz and won Best Film Award at the 2019 edition of the Costa Rica National Awards for Culture. It has been released in France on March 4, by Eurozoom distribution.
"The Spartan poetry of Ubeda’s dialogue is perfectly complemented by Francisca Saéz Agurto’s bruised, careful cinematography (…) Ubeda’s slender storyline does hit most of the expected beats of the coming-of-age narrative, but in such a supple, unforced way that it never feels formulaic."
Sofía Quirós Ubeda
Argentine and Costa Rican nationality