11/23/2023 09:45 pm – Caligari FilmBühne

Colombia/Norway/Luxembourg/Mexico/France 2022 103 min Spanish original version with English subtitles

by Laura Mora

Script: Maria Camila Arias, Laura Mora Ortega, DoP: David Gallego, Editors: Sebastian Hernandez, Gustavo Vasco, Producers: Cristina Gallego, Mirlanda Torres, Cast: Carlos Andrés Castañeda, Davison Florez, Brahian Acevedo, Cristian Campaña
A multi-award-winning cinema drama from Columbia about marginalised individuals in society, featuring gorgeous landscape footage. Together, young Rà and four friends represent a tight-knit “family” on the streets of Medellin. One day Rà gains the title to a piece of land through a government restitution program. It turns out it used to belong to his grandmother, before she was driven away by paramilitary soldiers, like thousands of others. The five boys set off on an adventurous journey into the Columbian hinterland, to find the property.

“Set against the backdrop of Columbia’s spectacular nature, director Laura Mora tells in breath-taking, immersive images and mystical dream sequences of the search by five stray good-for-nothings for happiness and justice.” (Zurich Film Festival/Switzerland)

Laura Mora, born in 1981 in Medellin/Columbia, studied Directing at RMIT University in Melbourne/Australia. After realising two short films, starting in 2012 she directed the award-winning Columbian television series PABLO ESCOBAR, EL PATRON. In 2015, she shot her first feature film, ANTES DEL FUEGO. With her second feature-length film, MATAR A JESÚS, she was invited to over 30 festivals and won more than 30 awards.

Filmography (selection): 2012 SALOMÈ (short film), 2012 PABLO ESCOBAR, EL PATRON (TV series), 2015 BEFORE THE FIRE, 2017 KILLING JESUS, 2022 THE KINGS OF THE WORLD

Awards (selection): Golden Seashell for Best Film, Signis Award and Feroz Zinemaldia Award (San Sebastian International Film Festival, Spain 2022), Golden Eye for Best Film (Zurich Film Festival, Switzerland 2022)

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