Balancing between the daily life in the jungle and the inner world of the girl Eami as she enters a trance, the spirits, the haunting tale of escape and the spiritual life of the forest is revealed. An otherworldly sensory journey through the beauty and chaos of our world.
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Nominated for Sound
Javier Umpierrez
Nominated for Directing
Paz Encina
Original title: Eami Year: 2022 Duration: 85 min. Country of Production: Paraguay, Argentina, Mexico, Germany, France, the Netherlands, US Languages: Ayoreo, Guaraní Cinematographer: Guillermo Saposnik Sound Designers: Javier Umpierrez Director: Paz Encina Producers: Paz Encina, Gabriela Sabaté Editor: Jordana Berg

Talk: | Friday 13.10 | 

Javier Umpierrez, one of the most renowned sound designers in the world, will be present during the screening. Umpierrez has contributed to the work of directors such as Carlos Reygadas, Leos Carax, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Alejandro Landes, and has won numerous awards for his exquisite work.

Winning the Tiger Award at Rotterdam Film Festival, EAMI, a name meaning forest and world, is a remarkable project, that through its impeccable editing, sound design and imagery takes total control of your senses and transcends you to the spirits of the forest.  

Eami is both the 5-year-old girl and a testament to the displaced. It’s the memory of a people who had to leave their original place, their forest. The film takes place in the Paraguayan Chaco, the territory with the highest deforestation rate in the world, where currently over 25,000 hectares of forest are cut down per month, or 841 hectares per day, or 35 hectares per hour. The forest barely lives. EAMI is a sensitive and profound look into the culture, rituals and spiritual lives of the Ayoreo Totobiegosode people. 

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Paz Encina, a Paraguayan filmmaker, creates visually poetic films that explore her country's culture. Her use of minimalism and silence is distinct, and she's known for mentoring young talents.

The Paraguayan filmmaker Paz Encina studied Cinematography at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires. Her works as director have been screened at venues such as the Harvard Film Archives, the BAMFA / Berkeley Art Museum and the Pacific Film Archive, and at the MOMA in New York. She created Silencio Lab In 2016, a platform through which she gives seminars to train young national talents. Paz Encina is the first Paraguayan director to be part of the Hollywood Film Academy.

«I believe cinema is the greatest source of information and its dissemination. Today, we are informed from thousands of sources, and we find ourselves tired of processing so much empty information – and as a result, not everything reaches our minds anymore, and less so our hearts.»
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Javier Umpierrez is nominated with EAMI for Best Sound Design.

"Since I was a little kid I’ve always been attracted by the power of audio storytelling. First I was in love with the abstract and imaginative world of radio, and later by the power of sound to heighten and enrich images, to create a world within a film and to extend a movie beyond the screen.

That’s why I dedicated most my life to learn how to use sound as a narration tool, working as a sound designer, supervising sound editor, re recording mixer, and (sometimes) composer for the last 13 years.

In that time, I have supervised and designed the sound for narrative films, documentaries, tv series and adverts in Mexico, as well as other countries, like France, Puerto Rico and Colombia. I supervise the whole editorial process of my team, developing a unique sonic signature for each project, and carrying the concept of the sound design through the mix, sometimes mixing myself. During the last years, I have worked in films screened in festivals all over the world, like Cannes, Berlin, Rotterdam, Sundance, Tribeca, Toronto, Venice, etc."