Open City Documentary Festival

April 2024
across London
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Suspension + Q&A

[1] Director Simón Uribe, 2019, [3] Country Colombia, [4] Duration 73, [7] Awards IDFA 2019, FICCI 2020, Muestra Ecofalante de Cine Ambiental 2020, DOK.fest München 2020, Docs Barcelona 2020, Cine Las Americas International Film Festival 2020, DocMontevideo 2020,

In the rainforests of southern Colombia, an imposing, unfinished concrete highway stretches out across the Amazonian tree line, its construction hindered by a combination of incompetence, political self-interest, and the obstinance of nature itself. Intended to replace the only existing route through the region—a perilous mountain pass known locally as the “springboard of death”—this new bypass stands abandoned: a road to nowhere. Laced with moments of deadpan humour, Suspension is a visually and intellectually rich study of grand scale human folly that makes clear the futility of this attempt to conquer nature.

UK Premiere

Screening includes a Q&A with director Simón Uribe, hosted by Michael Stewart.

Read an essay on Suspension by Penny Harvey.

In partnership with Cervantes Institute London.

Available: Block 1 (Wed 9th Sept midday – Sat 12th Sept midnight BST)

Please note: this film is only available to view in the UK.

Simón Uribe (Colombia, 1978) is a geographer, professor and researcher. Parallel to his academic career, he directed the shorts Trampoline of Death (2014) and The War of the Cárdenas and the Valdeblánquez (2006). Suspensión (2019) is his first documentary feature.