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César Diaz


  • France
  • Guatemala


Feature film



Script writer(s): 

César Diaz


Horror has become a daily occurrence for the people of Guatemala City: they live with it. Unexplained disappearances, rapes, murders, mutilated bodies, burned bodies or group executions are commonplace. Behind each body, there is someone waiting, a mother, a son, a father, a brother, a husband, a friend who hopes. This film navigates in the space that disappearance and death impose on the living, that’s what I want to film.

Visual concept: 

This film will take place entirely in the premises of the central morgue in Guatemala City. I don’t want to show dismembered bodies or badly treated bodies. I want to build my film around the suffering of the living. But it will be necessary to find the right place for the camera in this reality, neither too close to the emotions of the living, nor too far from the destinies of the dead. I would like to film the time that passes, this time that seems endless for the people waiting.