Building Royale

(Edificio Royal)
Colombia/France/Venezuela, 2012
Duration: 
01:30

Spanish with English subtitles

Director: Iván Wild Producer: Cristina Gallego Screenplay: Carlos Franco, Iván Wild Cinematographer: Juan Sarmiento Editor: Etienne Boussac Art Direction: Diana Saade Principal Cast: Jorge Perugorría, Katherine Vélez, Laura García, Adel David Vásquez, Jaime Barbini, Fabio Restrepo, Beatriz Camargo

Conscience, collaboration and respect. These are the three words meant to define life in the Building Royale, but it has certainly seen better days. Its proprietor, Zoila, a kind of tropical Miss Havisham and ex-Queen of the Barranquilla Carnival, attends to the lives of her tenants based on the advice of her Tarot cards, while the cockroaches run under the rug. The tenants themselves go about their daily lives convinced that they live in a most respectable building. An unexpected visit from a health inspector, sends Gabriel, the maintenance man, into a panic as he desperately tries to keep up appearances for all of them.

[A] droll comedy of high-rise tenants on the verge of a nervous breakdown...The hijinks are ratcheted to skyscraper-high levels. Jaie Laplante, MIFF

Edificio Royal, es una comedia negra que narra las incidencias de un domingo cualquiera en el Royal, el mismo que en los años 80 fuera el símbolo de la elegancia y el prestigio. Un muerto embalsamado en la sala de una casa, una plaga de cucarachas a punto de estallar, la visita inesperada de un inspector sanitario, un conserje tratando desesperadamente de mantener las apariencias, para una administradora que lo ve todo a través de las cartas del Tarot, pero que no puede entender nada. E absurdo cotidiano del Edificio Royal.

01-Sep-2013
4:00 pm|The Cinematheque (CIN)
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Iván Wild was born in Barranquilla, Colombia in 1976. He has directed seven short films, which have screened internationally, and he was the co-editor of Ciro Guerra’s The Wandering Shadows (2004) and editor of The Wind Journeys (2009). His debut film, Building Royale, premiered at the Cartagena Film Festival and was nominated for Best First Film at Miami.