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La Leyenda de Tayos
[ The Legend of Tayos ]

1hr 26m I In competition I Spanish (English subtitles)

Directed by Galo Semblantes

Janos Moricz, a visionary Hungarian explorer, claims to have found a metal library inside a cave in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Certain that his discovery could change humanity, he insists on obtaining support from the government and other institutions to conduct new expeditions and achieve the recognition that his find deserves.

DIRECTOR'S NOTE:

La selva es un espacio oscuro y misterioso; bajo la sombra de su vegetación hay un espacio donde la imaginación de los aventureros los transporta a otra dimensión. Ardiendo en el afiebrado ambiente de la selva, sus mentes los llevan a soñar en grandes tesoros. Sin embargo al volver a sus hogares con manos vacías, cabe preguntar qué es lo que realmente vieron al mirar en el abismo de la cueva. La leyenda de Tayos es una película que habla sobre el valor del idealismo que nos lleva a explorar lugares desconocidos a los que no habríamos ido de otra forma. Pero también habla sobre la ambición, los egos, los engaños y la destrucción que esta “fiebre de oro” puede provocar.

The jungle is a dark and mysterious place. Under the shadow of its vegetation, there is a space where the imagination of adventurers transports them to another dimension. Burning in the feverish environment of the jungle, their minds lead them to dream of great treasures. However, when they return to their homes empty-handed, one wonders what they really saw when they looked into the abyss of the cave. The Legend of Tayos is a film that talks about the value of idealism that leads us to explore unknown places we would not have gone to otherwise. But it also talks about the ambition, the egos, the deceptions, and the destruction that this “gold rush” can cause.

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OCTOBER 30TH @ 12:00PM

QUEENS MUSEUM
Flushing Meadows Corona Park,
Queens, NY


Q + A INVITADO GALO SEMBLANTES

El siguiente cortometraje se proyectará antes del largometraje.  [ The following short film will be screened before the feature film. ]

AVIONES DE PAPEL (18m) pictured below

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Galo Semblantes

Galo Semblantes estudió cine en la Universidad San Francisco de Quito e hizo su maestría en Los Ángeles en el año 2013.

 

Ha sido asistente de dirección en la película Mono con gallinas, de Alfredo León, y Dance of Insanity de la directora mexicana Tatiana Beller. También fue director de fotografía en la película American Dreams de Thomas Schade (Arizona).

 

Ha sido profesor de teatro, ha impartido talleres de video y desde el año 2014 es docente de producción audiovisual en la Universidad de las Américas en Quito. En el 2013 inició su ópera prima La leyenda de Tayos, documental que se estrenó en 2021.

[English]

Galo Semblantes attended San Francisco de Quito University, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Film and Video in 2009. In 2010 he was the third assistant director of the film Mono con gallinas, directed by Alfredo León. Later he continued his film studies in the city of Los Angeles and obtained his master’s degree in 2013. Shortly after graduating, he worked on the film Dance of Insanity, by Mexican director Tatiana Beller. In 2017 he traveled to Arizona as director of photography for the film, American Dreams, by Thomas Schade.

 

Since 2014, he has taught directing and producing as a professor at Universidad de las Américas (Quito). He has also worked in commercials and theater productions.

 

In 2013 he began work on his debut film, the documentary La leyenda de Tayos. The same year he applied to the National Film Council, and is one of the beneficiaries of the fund for documentary production. The film also won the post-production fund in 2018 and distribution fund in 2021.