Colombia

José Luis Rugeles – Alias María (2015)

A vision of Colombia’s inhuman armed conflict, seen through the eyes of a young – and pregnant – girl soldier.

Alias Maria (Spanish: Alias María) is a 2015 Colombian drama film directed by José Luis Rugeles Gracia. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. It received the Golden Goats Award for the Best Feature Movie for the Young People at the 2016 Ale Kino! Festival. It was also selected as the Colombian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards but was not nominated. Read More »

Laura Huertas Millán – La Libertad (2017)

La Libertad follows a group of matriarchal weavers in Mexico, formally mimicking the examination of an object through subtle shifts in scale and space. Read More »

Samir Oliveros – Bad Lucky Goat (2017)

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The Denton family runs a hotel in the beautiful Port Paradise situated on Colombia’s breathtaking Caribbean coast. Corn and his older sister Rita are sent out to pick up guests. While bickering, the siblings hit a stray goat. The poor animal is dead and their father’s car is damaged. This starts the incompatible duo’s search for a garage and money to pay for repairs. Oh, and what are they supposed to do with the dead goat? During this 24-hour quest, brother and sister encounter all sorts of colorful figures they hope will bring them closer to a solution. In the meantime, clearly well out of their comfort zones, the two teens discover unexpected character traits and talents in one another. Read More »

Gabriela Samper – El Hombre de la Sal AKA The Man of Salt (1969)

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The documentary chronicles the methods of work in relation to pre-Columbian man and the current farmer. From the character of Don Marcos Olaya, one of the last craftsmen elaborated the salt as did the ancient Chibcha (pre-Columbian techniques saturation and evaporation of this precious product), we know the mystification of ancient work and how to disappear , men feel that they too are devoted to the same tragic end. This old craftsman identifies his work with his life. Read More »

Laura Huertas Millán – El Laberinto AKA The Labyrinth (2018)

A voyage into the labyrinthic memories of a Uitoto man, who worked for the drug Lords in the Colombian Amazon back in the 80s. Following his path between the forest and the ruin of a Narco’s mansion imitating the Carrington mansion in the soap opera Dynasty, the film unfolds the hallucinatory account of a near-death experience. Read More »

Luis Ospina – Todo comenzó por el fin AKA It All Started at the End (2015)

It All Started At the End is the self-portrait of the “Grupo de Cali”, also known as “Caliwood”, a group of cinephiles, who in the midst of the wild partying and historical chaos of the 70s and 80s, managed to produce a body of work now considered a fundamental part of Colombia’s film heritage. It is also is the clinical history of the filmmaker, who fell gravely ill during the production of the film. It’s the story of a survivor. Read More »

Ruth Caudeli – ¿Cómo te llamas? AKA Eva and Candela (2018)

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From their explosive first meeting, through the many ups and downs of their relationship, Eva and Candela tracks two young , beautiful women as they try and negotiate the trappings of success, the tyranny of distance and the pull of family. As they hurtle toward a seemingly inevitable breakup, reminders of their love, commitment, and sexual passion call into question what they have become and offer the chance to rekindle what once was. Read More »