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Karen Cries on the Bus

(Karen llora en un bus)
Colombia, 2011

Director: Gabriel Rojas Vera Producers: María Teresa Suárez Ramírez, Alejandro Prieto Screenplay: Gabriel Rojas Vera Cinematographer: Manuel Castañeda Editor: Carlos Cordero Music: Rafael Escandón Principal Cast: Ángela Carrizosa, 
María Angélica Sánchez, 
Juan Manuel Díaz

After living ten years in a “gilded cage,” Karen decides to leave her husband and comfortable life. She wants to make a fresh start, find out who she is—or could be. But Karen has no job, no friends, and hardly any money. She finds a cheap room in the centre of Bogotá where she meets the free-spirited Patricia, a hairdresser caught up in dreams of alluring a rich Prince Charming. Karen must struggle for her independence against all the forces that insist she give up.

This quiet study of a Colombian woman tackling an emancipation for which she’s ill prepared...[has] been received as a refreshing departure from the usual example of how Latin American cinema is tackling universal contemporary issues. Jonathan Holland, Variety

Luego de vivir diez años en una “jaula de oro” y de haberse dedicado por completo a su marido, Karen se da cuenta de lo que ha dejado atrás. Harta de todo, decide abandonar a su esposo y partir. Con sus ahorros alquila una habitación en el centro de Bogotá y trata de conseguir un trabajo, pero su edad e inexperiencia hacen que sea imposible. Allí conoce a Patricia, una estilista de espíritu libre. Karen tiene que tomar los primeros pasos hacia su independencia.

7:00 pm|The Cinematheque (CIN)
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Gabriel Rojas Vera was born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1977. Karen llora en un bus, his first feature film, was selected for Films in Progress at San Sebastián in 2010. It went on to premiere at the Berlin Film Festival and was nominated for Best Film at the Cartagena International Film Festival