Colombia

Andrés Baiz – La cara oculta AKA The Hidden Face (2011)

Synopsis:
Adrián, a talented orchestra conductor, receives a video message from his beloved Belén, telling him with tears in her eyes that she is leaving him, and that she cannot carry on with him anymore. Shattered by the unexpected news of their irreversible break-up and puzzled by Belén’s inexplicable decision, Adrián gets help from the local police to solve this mysterious case of disappearance; however, as there is still no news of Belén, a new woman will appear in his life. In the end, with no progress at all in Belén’s baffling case, who would think to look beyond the facts, as truth often lies hidden in the most unusual of places? Read More »

Ciro Guerra – La sombra del caminante aka The Wandering Shadows (2004)

Two men meet in downtown Bogotá; one is missing a leg, the other is a “silletero,” a man who carries people around for money. Each character bears the burden of a bitter past life. Read More »

Luis Ospina & Raoul Ruiz – Capítulo 66 (1994)

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A wild short made as part of a filmmaking workshop that Raúl Ruiz ran in Bogotá in October 1993. Read More »

Sergio Cabrera – Perder es cuestión de método AKA The Art of Losing (2004)

Synopsis:
A body is discovered impaled on a stake near a scenic lake near Bogota. A journalist tries to find what happened. With a friend, they set about to find the cause of the crime and uncover an intricate real estate fraud involving corrupt politicians, emerald hunters, nudists. Read More »

Cristina Gallego & Ciro Guerra – Pájaros de verano AKA Birds of Passage (2018)

An audacious saga centred on the experience of the Wayúu indigenous people of north-eastern Colombia between the late 60s and early 80s, as the trade in marijuana takes hold of their culture. The film begins with Rapayet, a penniless Wayúu unusually well-connected to the outside world, wanting to marry the beautiful Zaida despite the opposition of her mother and tribal matriarch Úrsula. In order to deter Rapayet, Úrsula demands a huge dowry of livestock, which he is able to finance by entering the drug-trafficking business, at first tentatively. Before long, Rapayet and his family are enjoying unprecedented material wealth, but become inexorably caught up in a spiralling conflict that traditional rituals of mediation are unable to contain… Read More »

Alejandro Landes – Monos (2019)

Anarchy clashes with adolescence as a squadron of teen rebels on a remote mountaintop watch over a prisoner amid drills, attacks and misdeeds. Read More »

Carlos Mayolo & Luis Ospina – Agarrando pueblo AKA The Vampire of Poverty (1977)

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Film about film-makers who use the Colombian poor to make their films. Read More »