Three Colombian films are ready to star in a new edition of the Guadalajara Film Festival

‘La Roya’ is one of the Colombian films that will represent the country at the Guadalajara Film Festival. PHOTO: Colprensa

A few days ago it became known that the New York TriBeca Film Festival will have a Colombian presence on behalf of the film ‘Petit mal’, by the Spanish director Ruth Caudel and who has been living in the country for approximately nine years. But despite the achievement for the national independent industry, this is not the only contest where Colombian films will be screened before the eyes of filmmakers, experts and critics.

The Guadalajara International Film Festival -FICG-, one of the most important in Latin America, will have a large participation of Colombian titles on its agenda; Specifically, there are three that are going to compete in the same number of categories, whose number is not less considering that in other events -such as TriBeca, for example- only one piece is shown.

In the Ibero-American Fiction Feature Film Competition the film will compete ‘The Rust’, by the director and photographer Juan Sebastián Mesa. As a great merit, this piece was commissioned to open the Cartagena International Film Festival -FICCI- last March, being the second time it appeared in this event.

Regarding ‘Nobody’, a film released in 2016, the filmmaker decided for ‘La Roya’ to change the urban landscapes of Medellín for Colombian coffee plantations. And it is in this place that the story of Jorge is centered, a young man who, unlike his friends, decides to stay in the countryside to take care of a coffee plantation, encountering La roya there, a plague that allows us to deduce a paradox both in the protagonist as in the viewer.

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On the other hand, in the Ibero-American Documentary Feature Film Competition, will be ‘Petit mal’, whose story focuses on polyamory.

Laya, -one of the protagonists- must be absent from her home for work reasons, to which Anton and Martina They face new dynamics as a couple, including the uncertainty of not knowing if the relationship will continue to be stable when Laia returns. In this way, the film seeks to generate reflection and question the true weight of absence in a relationship, honoring the title of the work that means ‘crisis of absence’.

Finally, and also in the same category, will be competing the film ‘alis’, by Clare Weiskopf and Nicholas Van Hemelryck. This film has won awards such as the Crystal Bear in Generation 14Plus at the Berlin International Film Festival, at the same time that it managed to participate in other contests such as La Fabrique Cinéma at the Cannes Festival in 2021.

It is worth mentioning that the FICGwas founded in 1986 by the University of Guadalajara, and it is currently one of the most important events of Ibero-American cinema on the continent. It also has competitions such as the Ibero-American Fiction Feature Film, the Mezcal Ibero-American Documentary Feature Award, the International Animated Feature Film Award, the Rigo Mora International Award for Animated Short Film, the Ibero-American Short Film and the Maguey Illumination Award Competition.

In addition, this 37th edition, which will run from June 10 to 18, will have on its agenda films from Argentina, Chile, Spain, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Germany, France, Uruguay and Romania, in addition to Colombia and Mexico, this being Lastly, the country with the highest participation. Even one of its great innovations is that Poland will be the country guest of honour, having as guests filmmakers such as Krzysztof Kieślowski, Andrzej Wajda, Andrzej Munk and Roman Polanski.

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