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La piel en primavera

Skin in Spring
Film still from "La piel en primavera" by Yennifer Uribe Alzate. It shows a close-up of a standing woman in a bus. The bus is filled with people.
Still from LA PIEL EN PRIMAVERA by Yennifer Uribe Alzate © Monociclo Cine
  • Director

    Yennifer Uribe Alzate

  • Colombia, Chile / 2024
    100 min / Original version with English subtitles

  • Original language


Sandra takes Bus 243 through Medellín to work. She’s forced to stand. She can’t make it in time to the seats that become free. No one sees that it’s her turn. The routine commotion of the bus journey envelops Sandra. She concentrates on the stop where she has to get off, as the camera concentrates on her in every scene of the film. As it trains its full focus on Sandra, her own gaze increasingly turns towards herself and her sexuality. In her debut film, director Yennifer Uribe Alzate succeeds in creating the concise portrait of an inner transformation, quite literally embodied by actor Alba Liliana Agudelo Posada. For fifteen years, Sandra’s life has entirely revolved around her son. Now he is turning away from her. Time to start something new. She now does the rounds in a huge mall as a uniformed security guard with a truncheon on her belt, taking her job seriously. The film makes clever use of its locations, their sounds, the people that populate them and each new moment of attention that Sandra receives in the midst of this hustle and bustle: whether from colleagues who become friends or from Javier, the driver of Bus 243. (Christiane Büchner)

Yennifer Uribe Alzate, director, screenwriter, teacher and researcher from Colombia. She has a Master's degree in fiction film, a Master's degree in communication and is currently pursuing a doctorate. Her short film Como la primera vez premiered at Clermont Ferrand in 2017. Skin in Spring is her debut feature and premieres at the 2024 Berlinale Forum.

Production Alexander Arbelaez Osorio, Jose Manuel Duque López, Rebeca Gutierrez Campos. Production companies Monociclo Cine (Medellin, Colombia), Pinda Producciones (Santiago, Chile). Director Yennifer Uribe Alzate. Screenplay Yennifer Uribe Alzate. Cinematography Luciana Riso Soto. Editing Juan Cañola Vélez. Music Alekos Vuskovic. Sound design Romina Cano. Sound Romina Cano. Production design Marcela Gómez Montoya. Costumes Juliana Hoyos Vivas. Make-up Juanita Santa Maria Vélez. Executive producer Jose Manuel Duque López, Rebeca Gutierrez Campos, Alexander Arbelaez Osorio, Miguel Yilales Agelvis. With Alba Liliana Agudelo Posada, Eduardo Arango, Cristian López, Laura Zapata.

Films: 2016: Como la primera vez / Like the First Time (short film). 2024: La piel en primavera / Skin in Spring.

Bonus Material

Director’s Statement and Interview

  • Film still from "La piel en primavera" by Yennifer Uribe Alzate. It shows three women. A woman on the left is applying make-up to the lips of the woman on the right. The third woman comes through the door in the background with a cigarette in her hand.

    Director’s Statement

    Yennifer Uribe Alzate on making a film about female desire in an urban environment
  • Film still from "La piel en primavera" by Yennifer Uribe Alzate. It shows two escalators in a shopping center. A woman from security is standing on the left-hand escalator, which leads downwards.


    Yennifer Uribe Alzate and Rebeca Gutiérrez talk to Christiane Büchner, Fabian Tietke and Barbara Wurm about LA PIEL EN PRIMAVERA

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