Cochihza

Khristine Gillard & 58' — 2013

Cochihza, “she awakens the sleeping one”, one says about the Cuicuitzcal swallow, in Nahuatl, the language of the ancestors. In Nahuatl, many words are derived from the root cochi — to sleep. It expresses both sleep and dream, but also lying down, the dinner, the subsistance, the cocoon built by caterpillars, the eyelashes, leaving, yawning, making love to a woman, sleeping next to her, the place where one sleeps, waking up, pretending to sleep… Ometepe, the volcano island. A landscape like a sleeping body. Here life is described as a specific rhythm, which man adopts at birth and keeps for all his life. A story of a world unfolds within the gestures of the volcano’s community. Daily life, settling down, dreams, memory.

Belgium

Production: Alter ego films
Co-production: CBA
With the support of the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles et de VOO

Director
Khristine Gillard
Scenario
Khristine Gillard
DOP
Sébastien Koeppel
Sound
Josefina Rodriguez
Image editor
Julien Contreau
Sound editor
Josefina Rodriguez
Mix
Aline Gavroy
Production
Alter Ego Films (Sophie Bruneau)
Image Format
HD
Sound Format
Stereo
BW/Colour
Color
Languages OV
ESP
Available subtitles
FR, EN
Festivals

2020:
Pravo Ljudski, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 12/20

2015:
Punto de Vista, Spain, 03/15
MoMa’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media, USA, 03/15

2014:
Visions du Réel, Nyon, Switzerland, 04/14
Encuentro del Otro Cine, Ecuador, 04/14
Ethno film Festival, the Heart of Slovania, Croatia, 06/14
Etats Généraux du Film Documentaire de Lussas, France, 08/14
Days of Ethnographic Cinema, Russia, 09/14
Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur (FIFF), Belgium, 10/14
Taiwan Documentary Film Festival, Taiwan, 10/14
Festival A Nous de Voir, France, 11/14
Iran International Film Festival, Iran, 12/14

2013:
Filmer à tout Prix, Belgium, 11/13 – Prix Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles

Awards and Mentions

Filmer à tout Prix (Belgium) – Prix de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles 2013

Projections (non-exhaustive list)

BOZAR (Bruxelles)

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