Filmfest 2016

On Colombia’s Caribbean coast, a community of fishermen and day laborers who are too poor to afford housing on land live on rowboat-born houses on the water. 28-year-old Alberto, who suffers from Muscular Dystrophy, lives in one of these floating homes with his mother Rosa, who dotes on him to the point of suffocation. His only visitor is childhood friend Giselle, a beautiful young woman who drops by unannounced to see him despite Rosa’s disapproval.
“Clearly a labour of love for Colombian star Manolo Cruz. He wrote, co-directed, produced, partially funded and stars in this portrait of a young man imprisoned by a degenerative muscular disease. He lost twenty kilos to convincingly convey the muscle wastage suffered by Alberto, who spends his life confined to bed in a stilted shack in the swamplands of La Cienega Grande, on the edge of the Atlantic ocean.” –Wendy Ide, Screen Daily

tags: Society, Latin America, Love, Sexuality, Feature film

Cast: Manolo Cruz, Vicky Hernández, Viviana Serna, Jorge Cao, Mile Vergara


Screenplay: Manolo Cruz

Director of Photography: Robespierre Rodríguez

Film Editor: German A. Duarte

Composer: David Murillo R.

Production Designer: Arley Garzón Gomez

Costume Design: Arley Garzón Gomez, Alexandra Sarmiento

Sound: German Daniel Leon

Producer: Manolo Cruz

Production Company: Mago Films SAS

Co-Producer: Carlos del Castillo, Robespierre Rodríguez

Co-Production Company: Photogroup Films, Scarlett Cinema

World Sales: Global Screen

Director: Manolo Cruz, Carlos del Castillo


Carlos del Castillo studied drama at New York Film Academy. He has directed over 25 stage productions in South America. LA CIÉNAGA (2016) is his feature film debut and won the Audience Award at Sundance World Dramatic Competition 2016.