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52 segundos (52 Seconds) I 2017 I 1 h 33 m I Documentary

EFFNY2018 I NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE I IN COMPETITION I OPENING FILM

Spanish with English subtitles

On April 16th, 2016, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook the coast of Ecuador, causing tremendous devastation. The event left several thousand people wounded and homeless, and six hundred seventy one dead. It lasted fifty-two seconds. One of the most severely affected cities was Portoviejo, the hometown of Ecuadorian filmmaker Javier Andrade. Not knowing what else he could do after the initial shock, Javier went back home with a camera to document the disaster.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR: 

 

Javier Andrade is a writer/director from Ecuador who works on documentaries and fiction films. He has an MFA in directing from the School of the Arts at Columbia University. His first fiction project, Porcelain Horse, was the 2014 Ecuadorian submission to the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Film category. He has also directed the documentaries, La Casa del Ritmo, about the Venezuelan band “Los Amigos Invisibles” featuring David Byrne; and 52 Seconds, an autobiographical look at the events surrounding the earthquake that shook the coast of Ecuador on April 16, 2016.

 

He is currently in post-production on The Invisible (working title) an intimate, psychological drama about a wealthy family in Ecuador’s Andes region, and is developing Julio, a biopic about Ecuadorian singing legend Julio Jaramillo. He’s also developing Murmur of the River, an autobiographical documentary about parenthood, failure, and the rivers of his native Ecuador. Asteroid 3549, a sci-fi/horror project written by Avra Fox-Lerner for Javier to direct, will be his first film made in the U.S.

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