Event Cinema at TPH

UTAMA, a family facing global warming.








Booking Arrangements for Alejandro Loayza Grisi's "Utama"

The film will be screened in The Methodist Church Upper Hall, Castle Street. Thornbury at 7.30pm on Friday 25th March, doors open 7pm

This screening is not part of the published TPH programme. Tickets are 5.00 for evertbody.

Tickets are available now, call 01454 412272 or email films@thornburypicturehouse.org to reserve your tickets and discuss payment methods, cheques to be made payable to "Thornbury Picture House", or write to TPH at Hollybush Cottage, Clay Lane, Thornbury BS35 3UA

If no reply by phone, leave your name and number and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Alternatively you can pay by bank transfer and then send an email with your name and address details so we can reserve your tickets and get them to you.

Our bank details are: Sort Code 30 16 11 Account No. 02306310, please identify your payment as TPH UTAMA.


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In the arid Bolivian highlands, an elderly Quechua couple has been living a tranquil life for years. While he takes their small herd of llamas out to graze, she keeps house and walks for miles with the other local women to fetch precious water. When an uncommonly long drought threatens everything they know, Virginio and Sisa must decide whether to stay and maintain their traditional way of life or admit defeat and move in with family members in the city. Their dilemma is precipitated by the arrival of their grandson Clever, who comes to visit with news. The three of them must face, each in their own way, the effects of a changing environment, the importance of tradition, and the meaning of life itself. This visually jaw-dropping debut feature by photographer-turned-filmmaker Alejandro Loayza Grisi is lensed by award-winning cinematographer Barbara Alvarez (Lucrecia Martel’s The Headless Woman) and won the Grand Jury Prize (World Cinema Dramatic) at the Sundance Film Festival.