The Rust

La Roya

62nd TIFF: Greek Premiere

Jorge is a young farmer who lives at the top of the mountains. All his contemporaries have migrated to the city, but he has stayed behind to tend to the coffee plantation that he inherited from his father while taking care of his grandfather and having an affair with his cousin Rosa. The town festivities quickly approach and he anxiously awaits the moment to meet again with Andrea, his ex-girlfriend, whom he has not been able to forget despite the time and distance. As Jorge becomes increasingly obsessed with this reunion, a silent plague invades the coffee plantation. The festivities arrive and in the midst of the strident music and hallucinations, Jorge understands that everything that brought them together has disappeared and most importantly, that staying in his land is an act of love and resistance.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

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Direction: Juan Sebastián Mesa
Script: Juan Sebastián Mesa
Cinematography: David Correa Franco
Editing: Etienne Boussac, Juan Cañola
Sound: Alejandro Escobar, Daniel Vásquez, Sebastián Alzate
Actors: Juan Daniel Ortiz, Paula Andrea, Cano Laura Gutiérrez
Production: Monociclo Cine
Producers: Alexander Arbelaez, José Manuel Duque
Co-production: Dublin Films
Co-producers: David Hurst
Production Design: Mary Luz Cardona
Color: Color
Production Country: Colombia, France
Production Year: 2021
Duration: 83'
Contact: Dublin Films

Juan Sebastián Mesa

Juan Sebastián Mesa (Medellin, Colombia. 1989) is a director, photographer and co-founder of the production company Monociclo Cine. His debut film, Los nadie (2016), landed, among other distinctions, the Audience Award at the Settimana Internazionale della Critica in Venice and opened the 56th Cartagena de Indias Festival. His most recent short film, Tierra Mojada (2017) was part of the Official Selection at Venice, Sundance, and Clermont-Ferrand. The La Roya project was selected for the Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum in 2017.


2013 Kalashnikov (short)
2016 The Nobodies
2017 Swamp (short)
2021 The Rust