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In 2007, the Variety specialized magazine names Rodrigo Bellott as one of the 10 most important representatives of the New Latin American Cinema.
In 2010, Rodrigo became the first screenwriter to adapt a text by the renowned Pedro Lemebel, when he made the screenplay for “Blokes”, a short film selected in the Official Competition of the Cannes Film Festival, and which makes Rodrigo Bellot the first Bolivian director in entering this competition of the Festival in history. A year later, the short film is selected at the prestigious International Festivals of Sundance and Berlin.
He has also been a juror of numerous International Festivals, as well as a special guest at the most prestigious Universities of Cinema in the World and in Latin America: Columbia University, New York University, Cornell University, University of Amsterdam … His latest short film as director, “Unicorn” , premiered worldwide in Cannes in 2014, and has competed in a dozen international festivals.
This year his latest project “Tu me manques” will be released, adapted to the play by Rodrigo Bellot himself, who started as a playwright and theater director and whose work has led him to be on the list of the 100 most creative people in the 2018 business of the American magazine Fast Company. With the play he will become the first Bolivian in history to reach Broadway.
Bolivian director and screenwriter, who has won several international awards and in Bolivia, in addition to winning the Santa Cruz Arts Biennial in 2002. After several years of training in his hometown, he moved to the US. to study Cinema and Visual Arts at Ithaca College, New York. At age 21, he was one of five nominated by the Hollywood Academy of Motion Picture Sciences for an Oscar for Best Student Film.
His first short film, “Forlorn,” won two awards at the Rochester and Miami festivals and was the prelude to a successful and award-winning career. He has represented Bolivia in more than 60 short film festivals in the world with “Forlon”, “Destierro” or “Sex” and has been awarded in a dozen of them.
His debut opera, “Sexual dependence”, was presented in 2003 at the Locarno Festival, Switzerland, where he won the INTERNATIONAL CRITICISM AWARD (FIPRESCI). She was the winner of 10 international awards and applauded in 57 festivals and film shows from 33 countries, such as Berlin, Rotterdam, Toronto, AFI, Telluride, etc., and also participated in the Official Oscar Section 2004 in the category Best Foreign Film by Bolivia, it was listed by the LA Times, Indiwire and the New York Times as one of the 10 best films of 2004, and was translated into seven languages and distributed worldwide. In 2005 it becomes an important part of an international film retrospective organized by the MOMA of NY, together with Pedro Almodóvar, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, among others.
His second feature film: “Who killed the white llamita?”, Released in 2006, became the highest grossing film of the year and one of the highest grossing in the history of Bolivia.