Friday, April 24, 2009

Colombian Cinema In Cannes 2009

PARIS -- First-time directors will be center stage at this year's 48th annual International Critics Week, where eight of nine announced competition titles will be up for the Camera d'Or.

The nine-day event will close with a double screening of Gregoire Colin's debut short "La baie de renard" followed by Colombian director Camilo Matiz's "1989," which stars Vincent Gallo in an English-language story, the only Colombian movie in the Critics Week lineup.

The multi-talented Vincent Gallo stars in Colombian film "1989."

Colombian feature "1989," directed by Camilo Matiz and starring Vincent Gallo, who apparently acted in the film on his days off from the shoot of Francis Ford Coppola's "Tetro" movie, will be presented on closing night at Cannes.

Interview, en espanol, with Colombian director Camilo Matíz on the making of his film "1989" starring Vincent Gallo.

Another Colombia feature at Cannes this year is “Los Viajes del Viento.” A story about a old troubadour who travels with his young apprentice across Colombia in a journey to return a cursed accordion back to his teacher. The film is about dreams, about learning, about artistic sacrifice, about looking for our place in this world. It touches upon matters that pertain to all human beings, but it does it from our perspective, from our experience, our culture, our wealth, things not very often displayed in cinematography," affirmed Colombian filmmaker Ciro Guerra.

"Los Viajes de Viento" by Colombian filmmaker Ciro Guerra

The last time Colombia competed in Cannes was 11 years ago with Víctor Gaviria's 'Rodrigo D: No Futuro' and 'La Vendedora de Rosas.'

"La Vendedora de Rosas"(1998) by Víctor Gaviria.
13-year-old Monica leads a street life, making her living by selling flowers to couples in local nightspots, she is joined by 10-year-old Andrea who runs out of her house in an effort to avoide her abusive mother.

Cannes' 48th Critics' Week will feature predominantly debuting films.
Latin American films continue a strong showing, with Chilean helmer Alejandro Fernandez Almendras' "Huacho" and Uruguayan director Alvaro Brechner's "Bad Day to Go Fishing" both included in the sidebar's seven-film competition.

"Rodrigo D: No Futoro"(1990) by Victor Gavaria
Rodrigo, a poor and troubled teenager in the barrios of Medellin, Colombia, struggles to find hope in a world ravaged by violence and chaos. An aspiring drummer in a punk band, he uses his music to try to drive the despair out of his thoughts.

"Latin American films are less present than in previous years," the fest's artistic director, Jean-Christophe Berjon, told Daily Variety. "But having Latino fare at Critics' Week continues to be an important tradition."

Back in Medellin, Colombia...

Juan Uribe shoots "El Azul del Cielo" on location in Medellin, which should wrap shooting on April 23.

Writer/director Juan Uribe makes his debut feature film in the barrios of Medellin in a story that will depart from many popular Colombian themes in an effort to showcase the transformation of Medellin, Colombia.

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