HOMO BOTANICUS

by Guillermo Quintero
HOMO BOTANICUS - HOMO BOTANICUS

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Nation: Colombia, France

Year: 2018

Length: 88'

36° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

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Synopsis

Fifteen years after abandoning his studies as a botanist, Quintero visits his old professor Julio Betancur. With him and his new disciple, Cristian Castro, he returns to the Colombian tropical forests. During this expedition we understand the importance of legacy between master and pupil, as we immerse in doubts over science thanks to the reflection on the obsessions of the modern man to control and map Nature. In the diverse and nearly infinite world of the tropics, what is the point of collecting plants forever?

Director

Guillermo Quintero

Guillermo Quintero

Guillermo Quintero (Bogotá, Colombia, 1980) divides his time between Paris and Bogotá. He made studies in biology in Colombia, and in philosophy in France. He worked for three years as camera correspondent based in France. He’s a member of the El perro que ladra association, which promotes Colombian and Latin American cinema in France and Colombia. He has been curator and debates manager for four years of the Panorama de cine colombiano film festival in Paris. Homo botanicus is his first documentary feature film and he’s now preparing Red River, a French-Colombian production, which has been supported by the CNC (Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée) in France.

Filmography:
Homo botanicus (doc., 2018).

Cast and Credits

regia, fotografia/director, cinematography
Guillermo Quintero
montaggio/film editing
Julie Borvon, Guillermo Quintero
musica/music
Violeta Cruz
suono/sound
Marc-Olivier Brullé
interpreti/cast
Julio Betancur, Cristian Castro
produttori/producers
Guillermo Quintero, Nicolas van Hemelryck, Clare Weiskopf, Pierre-Emmanuel Urcun
produzione/production
Casatarántula, Stank
coproduzione/coproduction

Señal Colombia

contatti/contacts
Casatarántula
Nicolas van Hemelryck
[email protected]

Director statement

“I constructed a film around the relationship between my old professor and his new disciple, from a more thoughtful and distanced view – my own. I realize now that this portrait of these two men could well have sprung from some engraving of German naturalists of the 19th century. Who would imagine that such a love for the classification and collection of plants could still exist today? This story brings us also to the understanding of the beauty of our natural resources, the greatness of the tropics, the extent of its forms and the history of the natural world.”

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Fifteen years after abandoning his studies as a botanist, Quintero visits his old professor Julio Betancur. With him and his new disciple, Cristian Castro, he returns to the Colombian tropical forests. During this expedition we understand the importance of legacy between master and pupil, as we immerse in doubts over science thanks to the reflection on the obsessions of the modern man to control and map Nature. In the diverse and nearly infinite world of the tropics, what is the point of collecting plants forever?

Director All about direction

Guillermo Quintero

Guillermo Quintero

Guillermo Quintero (Bogotá, Colombia, 1980) divides his time between Paris and Bogotá. He made studies in biology in Colombia, and in philosophy in France. He worked for three years as camera correspondent based in France. He’s a member of the El perro que ladra association, which promotes Colombian and Latin American cinema in France and Colombia. He has been curator and debates manager for four years of the Panorama de cine colombiano film festival in Paris. Homo botanicus is his first documentary feature film and he’s now preparing Red River, a French-Colombian production, which has been supported by the CNC (Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée) in France.

Filmography:
Homo botanicus (doc., 2018).

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia, fotografia/director, cinematography
Guillermo Quintero
montaggio/film editing
Julie Borvon, Guillermo Quintero
musica/music
Violeta Cruz
suono/sound
Marc-Olivier Brullé
interpreti/cast
Julio Betancur, Cristian Castro
produttori/producers
Guillermo Quintero, Nicolas van Hemelryck, Clare Weiskopf, Pierre-Emmanuel Urcun
produzione/production
Casatarántula, Stank
coproduzione/coproduction

Señal Colombia

contatti/contacts
Casatarántula
Nicolas van Hemelryck
[email protected]

Director statement Read more

“I constructed a film around the relationship between my old professor and his new disciple, from a more thoughtful and distanced view – my own. I realize now that this portrait of these two men could well have sprung from some engraving of German naturalists of the 19th century. Who would imagine that such a love for the classification and collection of plants could still exist today? This story brings us also to the understanding of the beauty of our natural resources, the greatness of the tropics, the extent of its forms and the history of the natural world.”