Neto Villalobos’ low key dramedy “All About the Feathers “is a perfect example of a film that’s off to a running start. Made with a small, committed crew and a remarkable, mostly nonprofessional cast, Villalobos brings in winning results.
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All About the Feathers is a dead pan comedy, a story about the odd ways that friendships bloom. A support network unexpectedly develops around Chalo and Rocky. Among those who champion their cause is Chalo's workmate, who likes to practice shooting, tell Bible stories, and discuss trends in cosmetics. There's the kid Chalo meets on the bus who writes a song for Rocky that he performs on the trumpet. And there's Candy (Sylvia Sossa), an Avon saleswoman who becomes Rocky's protector when Chalo runs out of places to hide him. Tracing the idiosyncratic nature of these alliances — most often in scenes consisting of one deftly framed continuous shot — Villalobos cultivates a dry comic style reminiscent of early Jim Jarmusch: cockeyed, minimalist, and affectionately attentive to behavioral quirks — both human and avian.
“Por Las Plumas” (All about the feathers) and Ernesto Villalobos won the awards for the Best International Film & Best Director at Festival Central Icarus. The award ceremony was made from the Capuchin Convent in Antigua, Guatemala on the 21 of November. "I am overjoyed that has been so well received in Central America, particularly in the Icarus. It is the first award winning film and I'm happy that was almost home," said Villalobos. Furthermore, Villalobos took the award for the Best Director.