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Copyright © 2011 Frank Benitez

Minuto 200

Orfa is an elderly woman who lives alone in her village home. One day a mailman give her a package sent from her only son, who she hasn't seen in a long time. Inside are a cell phone and a letter in which the son tells her he can't visit her and that she'll have to survive selling the airtime on the cell phone. Orfa resigns herself to waiting for death, convinced that it will come knocking on her door as soon as she has sold the last minute of airtime, loosing her last chance of having company.

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Traveling my beautiful country, I found one day an old house almost in ruins with a sign offering cellphone airtime for sale, something very common in Colombia that people do to make a living. It seemed that the house was offering what was left of life and its inhabitants were waiting for the end. Thus arose the story of Minute 200. Two years later I am proud to have the film completed and happy to have met Mercedes (Orfa) and José (Teo) a non-actors who gave a special touch to the story with their patience and nobility.
death loneliness elderly

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Copyright © 2011 Frank Benitez

Awards and nominations

Special Mention for Script
In the Palace: International Short Film Festival
18 Jun – 25 Jun | Bulgaria
Special Mention for Acting
In the Palace: International Short Film Festival
18 Jun – 25 Jun | Bulgaria
Best Actress (Mercedes Mendes)
30 Nov – 3 Dec | Brazil
Best Iberoamerican Short Film
Guadalajara International Film Festival
2 Mar – 10 Mar | Mexico

Previous screenings

2011
In the Palace: International Short Film Festival
18 Jun – 25 Jun | Sofia, Bulgaria
Special Mention for Script
Special Mention for Acting
São Paulo International Short Film Festival
25 Aug – 2 Sep | São Paulo, Brazil
9 Sep – 18 Sep | Milano, Italy
The Night of the Shorts
21 Sep – 28 Sep | Lima, Peru
22 Sep – 29 Sep | Caracas, Venezuela
6 Oct – 20 Oct | Chicago, United States
Festival Signes de Nuit Paris | 2011
6 Oct – 16 Oct | Paris, France
2nd Emmentaler Filmtage | 2011
15 Oct – 16 Oct | Walkringen, Switzerland
2 Nov – 7 Nov | Korea, South
Sequence International Short Film Festival
11 Nov – 27 Nov | Toulouse, France
Zinebi: International Festival of Documentary and Short Film
11 Nov – 18 Nov | Bilbao, Spain
30 Nov – 3 Dec | Itu, Brazil
Best Actress (Mercedes Mendes)
6 Dec – 10 Dec | Habana, Cuba
2012
Guadalajara International Film Festival
2 Mar – 10 Mar | Guadalajara, Mexico
Best Iberoamerican Short Film
14 Mar – 21 Mar | Regensburg, Germany
Medina Film Festival
23 Mar – 31 Mar | Spain
30 Mar – 1 Apr | Paris, France
10 Apr – 15 Apr | Aspen, United States
16 May – 26 May | Cannes, France
21 May – 25 May | Ingolstadt, Germany
7 Jul – 15 Jul | Prizren, Kosovo

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Minuto 200 has received a new award at Cinema Mundo: Festival Internacional de Cinema de Itu. | more...
22 December 2011
Information on this profile is provided by the film owners and/or compiled from available sources | Profile updated 22 Dec 2011