Young women adorn the parades during almost all the national celebrations. Also, violence against women is a rampant issue in the country.
An “Exquisite Corpse” combines documentary, fiction and experimental film-making as it traverses the social and oniric landscape of a region struggling between modernity and tradition.
A peasant named Juventino, is killed during a fiery nighttime battle, dedicated to purify the city. As he leaves his world in the midst of this ritual he is infused with visions as his own mind attempts to filter and purify his fears and his desires. Juventino’s myths, as torrid and exuberant as the geography, are often more concrete than his reality. The inhabitants aid his journey by performing rituals with the hope of understanding, pleasing and obtaining favors from the beyond. During the day these rituals unleash repressed emotions, which at sundown are liberated into lascivious celebration. His corpse, during the autopsy, unveils something more repugnant than his death, the submission of the living to it.
This fantastical collective biography immerses into a dense mythological universe by narrating the life of this being in the process of unbeing, this character becoming this corpse.
Full Credits List:
A movie by: Victor Ruano, Sarah Walko & Rossemberg Rivas
Actor – Rossemberg Rivas / Actress – Alejandra Palomo / Actress – Malado Baldwin / Actress – Sarah Zelaya / Actor – Carlos Ruano / Actress – Cristina López / Ana María Durán / Actress – Damali Abrams / Actor – Paul Fiterson / Actress – Andrea Lira
Director: Victor Ruano / Art Director – Sarah Walko / Art Director – Rossemberg Rivas / Assoc. Producer ( El Salvador) – Miguel Servellón / Assoc. Producer ( El Salvador) – Mauricio Cárcamo / Director of Photography – Sara Johansson / Director of Photography – David “La Pifia” Ulloa / Sound Design & Music mixing – Jay Wynne / Movie Score: FUGA, El Paso TX. / Music Composer FUGA – Sarah Walko – Jay Wynne / Exc. Producer – Sarah Walko / Exc. Producer – Rossemberg Rivas / Exc. Producer – Victor Ruano / Lead Editor – Elric Kane & Co-Editor – Victor Ruano / Colorist – Santasombra / 1st AD – Laura Caballero / Production Assistant – Dalia Rosa / Production Assistant – Marlon Diaz / Still Photos NYC – Claudia Sandoval / Still Photos El Salvador – Carmen Rivas / Still Photos El Salvador – Walterio Iraheta / Paper Roll Installation – Heather Willems / VFX – Paul Fiterson / Programmer & Developer – Harold Jones / Pilot – Luis Flores / Security Coordinator – Pablo Campos / VFX – Jay Wynne / Still Photos NYC & Transportation – Juan Carlos Durán / Make up Artist – Jarrett Brandon / Costume Designer – Heather Klar / Ilustrador – Santiago Basavilbaso / Ilustrador – Américo Andrade / Still Photos Brooklyn, NY – Dan Quinn / Set Design – Malado Baldwin & Sarah Walko