El Embudo / The Funnel
John Chaparro / Colombia / Fiction / 2015 / 12 min


A man returns to town because of his father’s death and begins a kind of reckoning with the past. Burying his father also means closing wounds and to do so requires an arduous journey that helps him to exorcise the accumulated demons of his life. The characters evoke the world of Juan Rulfo, beings that struggle between the dryness of the world of the living and the inexplicable world of the dead.

Un hombre vuelve a la montaña donde creció porque su padre ha muerto y comienza una especie de ajuste de cuentas con el pasado. Enterrar al padre también significa cerrar las heridas y para hacerlo es necesario transitar un arduo camino que le ayude a exorcizar todos los fantasmas que ha acumulado en su vida. Aquí, los personajes evocan el mundo de Juan Rulfo, seres que se debaten entre la aridez del mundo de los vivos y lo inexplicable del mundo de los muertos.


John Chaparro (Bucaramanga – Colombia) studied Social Communication and Journalism at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana de Colombia. His first short fiction Oranges (Producer) was screened in over 40 festivals worldwide, premiering in the official selection of the Short Film Festival Clermont Ferrand and subsequently won the Jury Prize in Short Film Festival Palm Springs and best short film award at the Latin American Film Festival of Mar del Plata. His second short fiction The Mountain (Director) premiered internationally in the official selection of the Krakow Film Festival and nationally premiered for Colombia in the official selection of the Festival de Cine de Cartagena de Indias. His third short film, a documentary entitled  One Hundred Years Old (Director), won the stimulation of production of the Film Development Fund of Colombia and scholarships for artistic creation from the government of Santander, after its recent participation in the Short Film Corner at Cannes.