Venezuelan laureate movie maker Alberto Arvelo never imagined that taking to the screen the life of Alexis Montilla, the designer of thematic parks Venezuela of the Day Before Yesterday, Los Aleros and the Dream Mountain, and Los Tejados de Chachopo restaurant, would nominate him for Venezuela to the Academy Oscar Awards in 1997.
"A life and two errands" tells the story of a child born in Mérida high plateaus, to the family of modest farmers. The film produced a symbiosis of nostalgia in the jury members of international festivals, and ranked as the best script in the New York Latin American Film Festival.
Alexis Montilla is known as a visionary, able to turn into reality his childhood magic ideas. As a child, he dreamed of being big in all senses to shoulder his large family. And he made it.
That child's dreams are currently the cornerstones of Mérida state tourism. His parks are visited by thousands throughout the year; his accomplishments make reference to the saying "Nothing is impossible to a willing mind."
As a child, he was familiar with poverty in the Andean high plateaus. However, as an entrepreneurial bohemian in his own right, he set to turn his parks into a compulsory stop for visitors in Mérida state. His works form an integral part of the cultural heritage of the Andean mountains.
Venezuela of the Day Before Yesterday was his first dream come true. There, we go back to the past in a tour of the national geography. At Los Aleros, the way of living of the Andean community in the thirties is neatly staged in a period farm.
His latest creation, the Dream Mountain, pays homage to the Venezuelan TV. There, visitors take part in lights, camera, action!. Today, he and his seven children manage the business. To complete his imagination, Alexis Montilla owns one of the largest collections of vintage cars in the country.