Hermitage

Horacio is a man who since childhood decided to withdraw from society, remaining locked in the past, but technological development wants to invade his peace and in the company of his only friend Samuel, a 10-year-old boy must prevent his property from being invaded by the connection to the world unleashing a series of events that will disturb your tranquility.

  • Arturo Loaiza
    Director
    Director
  • Arturo Loaiza
    Writer
    Guionista
  • lina Castro
    Producer
    Productora
  • Alejandro Aguilar
    Key Cast
    "Horacio"
  • Sandra Serrato
    Key Cast
    "Estella"
  • Kamilo Rojas
    Key Cast
    "Samuel"
  • Linda Baldrich
    Key Cast
    "Amanda"
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Ermitaño
  • Project Type:
    Other
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 50 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 30, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    212,335 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Colombia
  • Country of Filming:
    Colombia
  • Language:
    Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2.39
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Arturo Loaiza

Producer, director, scriptwriter, photographer and editor with 20 years of experience generating projects for television, cinema, press and digital media, emphasizing the creation and development of creative strategies, writing, production and direction of cinema, commercials, dramatizations, documentaries, unit, music and institutional videos as well as photography in its different artist areas.

In 2016 he founded the 70mm films & Tv production company in which he produces commercials for different clients but that he created with the aim of producing film projects with themes that enhance the nature and rural environment of Colombian towns.

The last year he has dedicated himself with his company to film production, his most recent work was the production and direction of the feature film ERMITAÑO, which is currently in the round of international festivals.

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Director Statement

Hermit tells the story of two characters with a high dramatic charge because their innocence has been interrupted by conditions beyond their control. Horacio, a 33-year-old man who was orphaned since he was a child and who had to cut off his childhood to grow up and see for himself despite suffering from a degenerative disease and Samuel, a 10-year-old boy who goes through an age full of curiosity, eager from devouring the world with the help that the internet offers him, thanks to this curiosity he has stopped his childhood.
Together they will embark on a journey in which they will rediscover those moments of happiness that adversity and technology have taken from them. The main and secondary characters will have transformations as the story evolves to the point where the viewer will believe that Horacio will give in to the mayor's claims when in reality he wants to end the pain caused by his illness and benefit Samuel.
The spaces where the story takes place have a special magic, that natural and pure green that only the countryside offers along with the country roads, the main place and high point of the story is located on the hill where the mayor wants to put the antenna, a sacred place for Horacio where he contemplates sunsets tinged with reds and oranges, unique and different at each sunset. Horacio's house is an old and neglected-looking place, with no painting on the stone walls and with an absurd decoration full of old toys and children's drawings that always show a tall man with long hands in the shape of tree roots and finally the town, a quiet and pleasant place with clean and busy streets.
But all this will be captured in the photography that will bring various narrative proposals in movements and angles; moments of tension will be narrated in long sequences with a camera on the shoulder in the middle of the characters to make the audience plunge into that situation; In the moments where Horacio is alone at home, they will be marked with frames that break the rules of composition, creating a particular aesthetic to show his imbalance, leaving enough space in the frame and thus transmit loneliness, isolation and tension, leaving the character cornered by a great void.
The costumes and art will bring a palette of earth colors close to brown, lighter or darker, more reddish, yellowish or grayish that combine very well with the natural green of the field evoking life. Each character will evolve as their behavior and psychology are transformed, the most marked case we will see in Amanda who we will see initially dressed in cream and green tones that will make her go unnoticed, noble and submissive, then to orange tones when she decides to change her attitude to show that she is a risky woman until she reaches the dark red that symbolizes her malevolent attitude. Horacio, on the other hand, will have an inverse transformation where initially we will see him with dark brown tones and as he adapts to the friendship with Samuel, these colors become lighter until he reaches a beige tone that makes him look more calm and serene but On the day of her death she decides to return to the dark with an element of Amanda's dark red.
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Director - Hermit