Spotlight on Colombian Cinema

Spotlight on Colombian Cinema

Colombian cinema has burst onto the world stage in the past decade, evidenced by the number of its films that have premiered in the official selection of the most prestigious film festivals, winning awards and enchanting audiences and critics all over the world. VLAFF is honoured to present this Spotlight on Colombian Cinema and to join in the admiration of these highly talented filmmakers and their outstanding films.

Feature Films:

  • Building Royale (Edificio Royal) by Iván Wild
  • Chocó by Jhonny Hendrix Hinestroza
  • Don Ca by Patricia Ayala Ruiz
  • La Playa D.C. by Juan Andrés Arango
  • La Sirga by William Vega
  • The Wind Journeys (Los viajes del viento) by Ciro Guerra

Short Films:

  • Portraits (Los retratos) by Ivan D. Gaona

BOGOSHORTS – Three shorts from the Bogotá Short Film Festival

  • Rodri by Franco Lolli
  • Scarlet Earth (Tierra escarlata) by Jesús Reyes Hoyos
  • River (Río) by Nicolás Serrano

A Conversation on Colombian Cinema

In the last decade, Colombian cinema has experienced remarkable growth, both in terms of the number and the quality of its film productions. In 2011 alone, a record high of 18 Colombian films were released. These 18 releases represent more than twice the number of releases in the previous five years and more than triple the number in the past eight years. To discuss this new wave of Colombian Cinema and the Cinema Laws that have provided the infrastructure for its success, we are pleased to welcome this distinguished panel.

Guest speakers will include:

  • Adelfa Martínez, Director of the Film Office, Ministry of Culture of Colombia
  • Juan Andrés Arango, Director (La Playa D.C.)
  • Cristina Gallego, Producer (The Wind Journeys, Building Royale)
  • Ciro Guerra, Director (The Wind Journeys)

SUNDAY, SEPTMEBER 1 | 5:45PM | PC – Free Admission

With many thanks to the Ministry of Culture of Colombia and the Consulate General of Colombia in Vancouver for their support of this program.

La Sirga

Abandoned and alone, a young girl wanders through the misty highlands of the Andes. War memories invade her mind like threatening thunder. Uprooted by the armed conflict, she seeks refuge with her only remaining family member, a gruff and unwelcoming uncle. He runs La Sirga, a dilapidated guesthouse on the shores of the immense La Cocha lake, a place of mystery and legend, sacred to the ancient indigenous Quillacinga. There, on a swampy and murky beach, Alicia will try to find shelter from the menace of her fears.

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Building Royale

Edificio Royal

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.

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La Playa D.C.

With the enchantment and intensity of an edgy urban fairy tale, La Playa D.C. follows three brothers - Tomás, Jairo, and Chaco - as they face growing up in Bogotá, with its eight million inhabitants and endless asphalt, far from their home in the lush coastal town of Buenaventura. When Jairo disappears, Tomás takes to the streets in a bold attempt to rescue him. But first, he must find a way to rescue himself. The intricately designed close shaves that are popular in the local barber shop spark an idea, but like everything in La Playa, nothing comes easily.

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La Playa D.C.


VLAFF 2013 Opening Night Party - SOLD OUT!!!

($15 Film Only tickets still available.)

Friday, August 30 • 9:30pm - late
Following the screening of La Playa D.C.

Featuring live music by Brisas del Palmar, direct from Santiago de Cuba. www.elgrupocubano.com

Film and Party: $25 (includes one free drink).
Limited number of tickets available.

The ANZA Club
3 West 8th Avenue (corner of Ontario Street, two blocks west of Main)

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Chocó

Chocó is 27 years old; she has two children, a tiny hut on the edge of a Colombian village, an underpaid job in a gold mine, a second job laundering clothes, and a marimba-playing husband who gambles away their money and forces himself onto her at night when he’s had too much to drink. Nonetheless, Chocó is a fighter and she is determined to make a better life for her family. As her daughter’s seventh birthday approaches, Chocó promises to buy her a cake. However, fulfilling that promise proves to be much more difficult than expected.

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Chocó

Chocó is 27 years old; she has two children, a tiny hut on the edge of a Colombian village, an underpaid job in a gold mine, a second job laundering clothes, and a marimba-playing husband who gambles away their money and forces himself onto her at night when he’s had too much to drink. Nonetheless, Chocó is a fighter and she is determined to make a better life for her family. As her daughter’s seventh birthday approaches, Chocó promises to buy her a cake. However, fulfilling that promise proves to be much more difficult than expected.

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Don Ca

Don Ca is the portrait of a man not easily classified under any label. A descendant of slave owners, Camilo Arroyo decided to turn his life into a manifesto of freedom by abandoning his social position and material wealth. He made his home in Guapi, a remote town on Colombia’s Pacific Coast, and became a teacher and mentor for the impoverished black youth of the region. But he learns that the world does not forgive you, paradises disappear and conflicts loom closer.

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