Film Countries Archives: Colombia

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Vicenta B

  Carlos Lechuga

  Cuba, France, United States, Colombia, Norway     77 minutes

Synopsis

Vicenta is a Cuban santera who possesses the gifts of being able to see into the future and communicate with spirits. She lives harmoniously with her only son, and has loyal customers who come to her for spiritual guidance. When Vicenta’s son decides to leave the country in search of opportunity, she suddenly finds herself deep in a crisis of her own belief—the spirits are no longer speaking to her. Vicenta embarks on a journey to hear the spirits once more, confronted by her solitude in a country where it seems that everyone is losing their faith. Carlos Lechuga (Melaza, Santa & Andrés) returns to the Festival with this lyrical and meditative study of faith, tradition, and human connection.

 Spanish with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Sat, Oct 15 @ 12:15pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 11

Screening

Sat, Oct 22 @ 6:15pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Virtual Screening

Available to stream Oct 13 @ 12:00pm CT through Oct 23 @ 11:59pm CT for a 48-hour watch window. Available in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin only.

Media

Film Credits

  •   Claudia Calviño, Samuel Chauvin, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Consuelo Castillo, Dag Hoel, Carlos Lechuga
  •   Fabián Suárez, Carlos Lechuga
  •   Joanna Montero
  •   Alexis Álvarez Armas
  •   Denise Guerra
  •   Linnett Hernández Valdés, Pedro Martínez, Mireya Chapman, Ana Flavia Ramos, Eduardo Martínez, Aimee Despaigne
  •   Velia Diaz de Villalvilla, Daniel "Gato" Garcés Najar
  •   Santiago Barbosa Cañon
  •   Claudia Calviño
  •   Cacha Films, Promenades Films, Motto Pictures, DAG HOEL FILMPRODUKSJON, Romeo

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The Kings of the World Los reyes del mundo

  Laura Mora

  Colombia, Norway, Luxembourg, Mexico, France     103 minutes

Synopsis

Streetwise teen Rá receives a long-awaited letter from the government certifying his rightful inheritance of family land snatched away decades earlier by paramilitary groups. Intoxicated by the prospect of a place to finally call home, he gathers his found family of brothers—five boys scavenging on the streets of Medellin—and together they embark on a journey across a landscape whose lush forests and inveigling mists conceal a pandemic of pervasive violence. Along the way, they encounter others inhabiting the margins of a society in turmoil, who alternatively offer lessons in courage and kindness, brutality and greed. Swinging between unbridled delirium and bitter reality, Roger Ebert Award-winning director Laura Mora’s (Killing Jesus) kaleidoscopic road movie follows an at-once surreal and perilous odyssey into the legacies of violence in contemporary Colombia.

 Spanish with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Tue, Oct 18 @ 5:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Screening

Wed, Oct 19 @ 8:15pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Media

Film Credits

  •   Cristina Gallego, Mirlanda Torres Zapata
  •   Laura Mora, María Camila Arias
  •   Sebastián Hernández, Gustavo Vasco
  •   Daniel Rincón
  •   David Gallego A.D.F.C.
  •   Carlos Andrés Castañeda, Davidson Andrés Flores, Brahian Stiven Acevedo, Cristian Camilo David Mora, Cristian David Campaña, Laura Mora
  •   Carlos E. García
  •   Leo Heiblum, Alexis Ruiz
  •   Ciudad Lunar, La Selva Cine, Iris Productions, Tu Vas Voir, Talipot Studio, Mer Films, Caracol TV

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Alis

  Clare Weiskopf & Nicolás Van Hemelryck

  Colombia, Romania, Chile     84 minutes

Synopsis

Inside a state-run shelter for teenage girls in Bogotá, Colombia, filmmakers Clare Weiskopf and Nicolás van Hemelryck invite ten subjects to imagine a 15-year-old classmate named “Alis.” As they describe this fictitious person, some recount her troubled past and indominable nature; others, her sexual experiences, or their own romantic relationships with her. In time, “Alis” begins to take shape as a complex projection of their own identities, revealing intimate truths about the traumas, loves, and lives of the interviewed adolescents. In this impressively crafted documentary–winner of the Youth Jury Prize and the Teddy Award for Best Documentary at the Berlin Film Festival–Alis uses its innovative conceit to create an insightful and moving portrait of youth and resilience.

 Spanish with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Thu, Oct 20 @ 6:00pm CDT

at Gene Siskel Film Center

Special Guests*: Director/Producer Nicolás van Hemelryck
*Subject to change

Screening

Fri, Oct 21 @ 1:00pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Special Guests*: Director/Producer Nicolás van Hemelryck
*Subject to change

Virtual Screening

Available to stream Oct 13 @ 12:00pm CT through Oct 23 @ 11:59pm CT for a 48-hour watch window. Available in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin only.

Media

Film Credits

  •   Radu Stancu, Alexandra Galvis
  •   Tatiana Andrade, Anne Fabini, Gustavo Vasco, Clare Weiskopf, Nicolás Van Hemelryck
  •   Gustavo Vasco (ECCA), Anne Fabini
  •   Helkin René Díaz G. (ADFC)
  •   Marius Leftărache
  •   Miguel Miranda, José Miguel Tobar
  •   Lise Lense-Moller, Vlad Radulescu, Nicolás Van Hemelryck, Clare Weiskopf, Ramona Grama
  •   Casatarántula

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Memories of My Father El olvido que seremos

  Fernando Trueba

  Colombia      2020    

Synopsis

Beloved by his boisterous family and the Medellín communities he cared for, Doctor Héctor Abad Gomez was a prominent physician, tireless public health activist, and cherished father. This adaptation of the tender memoir by son and celebrated author Héctor Abad Faciolince moves between sun-dappled carefree days in the 70s and a starker, foreboding late 80s defined by violent forces and ideological extremes to chronicle the life and times of Dr. Abad, a courageous and resolute man of principle.

 Spanish with subtitles 
  136 minutes

Screenings & Events

In-Person Screening

Wed, Jul 20 @ 6:30pm CDT

at Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St, Chicago

Free tickets available to claim starting July 4 or available at the door (subject to availability). Walk-up tickets will be available at the door starting 15 minutes before the start of the screening if open seating remains. 

Post-Screening Discussion

Post-screening discussion led by Professor Juan Martinez, Northwestern University

Post-screening discussion presented by: Logo: Citi 161x100

Media

Sponsors

Film Partner

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The Missed Round El Piedra

  Rafael Martínez Moreno

  Colombia      2018    

Synopsis

In this unexpected and poignant drama, Reynaldo “El Piedra” Salgado is a once powerful boxer who, facing the end of his career, enters matches as “bait” – one who fights with no chance of winning. One day Breyder, a scrawny kid living on the streets in the outskirts of the coastal Carribean city of Cartagena de Indias, shows up on the ex-champion’s doorstep claiming to be his son. As father and son learn to live together, Reynaldo begins to reconsider his own sense of self as Breyder learns to admire the father who values sacrifice above all else.

 Spanish with subtitles 
  89 minutes

Sponsors

Film Partner

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