Gustavo Fallas (Costa Rica)

Gustavo Fallas is a Costa Rican filmmaker. He studied film in Canada and received scholarships to continue his education in Paris, Madrid and London. He has written and directed several short films, such as La piñata (1995), Variaciones sobre un mismo crimen (1998), Atrapar un ruiseñor (2005) and Bajamar (2009). His debut feature film, Puerto Padre (2013), won the Silver Zenith award for Best First Fiction Film at the Montreal World Film Festival, eight awards at the Costa Rica International Film Festival “Paz con la Tierra”, including Best Direction, Best Script and Best Film, and two awards at the Icaro International Film Festival in Guatemala. Gustavo currently holds the positions of Professor and Academic Coordinator in the New School of Film and Television at Veritas University in Costa Rica, while continuing to independently develop his own fiction and documentary projects.

Río Sucio — Just when Victor, an old hermit, thought he had rid himself of the responsibility of caring for others, his 12-year old grandson shows up at his door… Although he doesn’t know it yet, this will be his chance to come face to face with the ghosts of his past.