Fantastic news that Donkeyote the latest feature film by Screen Academy Scotland graduate Chico Pereira (MFA Advanced Film Practice, Edinburgh Napier) will have its UK premiere TONIGHT at EIFF 2017! Competing as part of the Documentaries strand Donkeyote will be in consideration for EIFF’s annual documentary award and will screen at Odeon 2 at 18.00 June 22nd. It will also screen on the 24th a 20.40 at Cineworld Fountainpark.

Donkeyote tells the story of Manuel Molera Aparicio and his ten year old Andalusian donkey, Gorrión. Against the advice of his doctor, 76 year old Manuel plans one last walk re-tracing the Trail of Tears, the brutal forced 2200 mile march by the Native American Cherokee Nation. Written and directed by Chico with cinematography by long time collaborator (and fellow Screen Academy graduate) Julian Schwanitz, Donkeyote was co-produced by Chico Pereira, Igmar Trost and Sonia Henrici of the Scottish Documentary Institute.

Donkeyote has screened at a number of festivals worldwide already winning a number of awards:

World Premiere: International Film Festival Rotterdam, Big Screen Competition (2017)
True/False 2017
Festival Malaga 2017 – Winner Audience Award
San Francisco Film Festival 2017 (Documentary Competition)
Hot Docs 2017
Festival L’Europe autour de L’Europe (Paris) 2017 – Winner – Prix Luna & Special Mention Prix Sauvage
Documenta Madrid 2017 – Winner – Best Spanish Director

Donkeyote is the much anticipated follow up to Pereira’s award winning MFA Advanced Film Practice graduation film of 2012 Pablo’s Winter which screened at over 40 festivals world wide garnering a host of awards.