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La Playa D.C.

Colombia/Brazil/France, 2012

Spanish with English subtitles

Director/Screenwriter: Juan Andrés Arango Producers: Diana Bustamante, Jorge Andrés Botero  Cinematographer: Nicolás Canniccioni Editor: Felipe Guerrero Production Design: Angélica Perea Music: Erick Bongcam, Jacobo Vélez, María Mulata, Iván Benavides, Socavón de Timbiquí, Diocelino Rodriguez, Flaco Flow & Melanina, Choquibtown, Jiggy Drama
Principal Cast: Luis Carlos Guevara, Andrés Murillo, James Solís

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. In his search for an identity distinct from his brothers, Tomás, like Colombia itself, stands on a precarious threshold between what once was and what might be.

An auspicious debut... a unique vision, by turns harrowing, heartrending, and humorous. Christopher Bourne, ADIFF Review

Con el encanto y la intensidad de una fábula, pero en este caso, que toma lugar en la Bogotá arrinconada, La Playa D.C. nos sumerge en la historia de tres jóvenes, a quienes la jungla urbana amenaza con consumir sus vidas. Tomás es un joven negro que ha huido de la costa pacífica colombiana a causa de la guerra, trata de abrirse camino en Bogotá, la metrópoli de ocho millones de habitantes, donde se encuentra con dificultades para abrirse camino. Cuando, Jairo, su hermano menor, desaparece, Tomás iniciará un viaje que pondrá a prueba su valor para enfrentar el miedo, la nostalgia y las heridas del pasado.

9:00 pm|The Cinematheque (CIN)
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Juan Andrés Arango was born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1976. He specialized in photography at the ESCAC in Barcelona and now lives in Montreal. La Playa D.C., his directorial debut, premiered at the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes in 2012. It screened at numerous major international festivals including Rotterdam and San Sebastián, and won Best First Work at the Lima Film Festival.