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Boys of Buenaventura

(Las últimas vacaciones)
Colombia, 2014

Spanish with English subtitles | Rated PG

For best buddies Jonathan, John-Jaime and Presi playing music together is the ultimate pursuit, a dream they hold on to against all odds. But the end of high school marks the beginning of their last summer together. Set in Buenaventura, a rough and tumble port city on the west coast of Colombia, the young men must face the fact that their remarkable talent and drive may not be enough to fulfill their dreams of a musical career. Boys of Buenaventura is a colourful musical tour through that summer of uncertainty, told through the protagonists’ tasty mash-up of classical, salsa, reggaeton, rock and folk music.

“Let the beats take you through this fascinating city of contradictions where a young Colombian generation thrives with big dreams in the face of few opportunities.” Cartagena Film Festival

Tocar lo es todo para Jonathan, John-Jaime y Presi, pero este año, el fin del colegio marca el inicio de sus últimas vacaciones juntos. Buenaventura, una ciudad tan especial pero duramente golpeada, es donde estos chicos enfrentan el hecho de que su talento y determinación, no serán suficientes para lograr tener una carrera como músicos. La cinta recorre un tour musical capturando la incertidumbre de un fin de año  lleno de una sabrosa mezcla de música clásica, salsa, reggaetón, rock y música folclórica interpretada por los protagonistas.

5:00 pm|The Cinematheque (CIN)
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Manuel F. Contreras (b. Colombia) has worked in documentary filmmaking both independently and for TV networks such as Al Jazeera. Boys of Buenaventura is his first feature-length film. Currently based in Budapest, he is the head of Don Mister Films, and is part of the Unlocked Films and Doc Nomads associations.


Director/Writer/Cinematographer: Manuel F. Contreras
Producers: Tatiana Villacob, Manuel F. Contreras
Editors: Andrés Porras, Manuel F. Contreras
Cast: John-Jaime “Mr. Sombra” Cortés, Jonathan “Lápiz” Medina, Wilmar “Presi” Sánchez

FIDAAC - Travelling Colombian Media Arts Festival