In its Fifth Anniversary, THE COLOMBIAN FILM FESTIVAL NEW YORK – CFFNY – presents New York/U.S premieres of the most remarkable filmmakers & actors in the Colombian film industry located at Village East Cinema, March 23-26, 2017.
The Festival opens March 23rd with the U.S premiere of “ Perros” starring John Leguizamo.
All foreign language films are subtitled in English.
New York, February 15, 2017. – The Colombian Film Festival of New York (CFFNY) has announced its official program for its 5th edition with more than 25 films participating in what has quickly become the biggest celebration of the Colombian film industry outside of the Colombia’s boundaries. CFFNY runs March 23rd-26th, 2017, with several filmmakers and actors in town to participate in the screenings. The festival– featuring a wide range of genres ( fiction, documentary, and short films) – will kick-off with a red carpet event on Thursday March23rd, 6:00pm, at the Village East Cinema with the U.S premiere of Perros, afeature film directed by Harold Trompetero, starring leading actor John Leguizamo. The film will be presented by the director & special guest John Leguizamo, followed by a Q&A session after the screening. The evening wraps with a live performance of salsa pioneer Larry Harlow and his band at Copacabana Night Club on Times Square.
Throughout the festival, there will be more special guests (filmmakers, producers, actors, actresses) who will partake in different events; Luis Ospina, Víctor Gaviria, Ramiro Meneses, Ivan Gaona, Harold Trompetero, John Leguizamo, Mauricio Brunetti, Julieth Restrepo, Simón Hernández, Juan Sebastián Mesa, Felipe Guerrero, Viviana Gomez, Brionne Davis and Josephine Landertinger are among our special guests.
The 28 selected films will compete for The Ritual Award (designed by legendary Colombian artist Nadín Ospina) in the categories of Best Film, Best Documentary, Best Short Film, and Audience Award .
X 500 by Juan Andrés Arango – Maria arrives to Montreal from Manila, Philippines to live with her grandmother and struggles to adapt to her new environment; Alex is an Afro-Colombian who is deported from the US to his old neighborhood in Colombia that is now controlled by criminals; David leaves his indigenous village after his father’s death to find work on a construction site in Mexico City. This film follows the lives of three teenagers living in different cities of the Americas, yet going through the same experience of grief, migration and transformation.
Pariente by Ivan D. Gaona – Mariana is the eternal love of Willington, but she is going to marry his cousin René. While Willington tries to win her back, a series of violent deaths rumored by a thief in the streets will endanger Mariana’s new family.
Perros by Harold Trompetero – Misael (John Leguizamo) is a peasant who’s been incarcerated for a crime of passion. During his confinement, he is found guilty and therefore forgotten by his loved ones. Throughout his sentence he is abused and humiliated by guards and other prisoners. Alone and abandoned, Misael finds affection and tenderness in Sarna, a prison dog.
Oscuro Animal by Felipe Guerrero – Three women are forced to flee their homes in a war-torn region of Colombia. Each woman’s journey is marked by terror as they trail along from the depths of the jungle to the out skirts of Bogotá where each must gather the strength needed to start a new life.
Keyla by Viviana Gómez – Keyla is a young woman that lives in Providence, a small island in the caribbean of Colombia. One day her father goes fishing but does not return. When her estranged family comes to help, she must confront their dark past and this new family she never expected to embrace.
La Mujer del Animal by Víctor Gaviria – Amparo flees her boarding school out of fear that her school’s father will be enraged after finding out about her prank on the nuns. She ends up in the outskirts of Medellín where her sister lives. When her brother-in-law introduces her to the family, his cousin Libardo becomes infatuated with her, kidnaps her, and forces her to marry him.
El Paseo 4 by Juan Camilo Pinzón – This year the Rubio family- a colombian family with lots of charm- have the opportunity to go to Miami Beach for vacation, where they try enjoy the sea breeze, sand, and a large pot of soup. However language barriers cause this family to have comical setbacks along the way.
Los Nadie by Juan Sebastián Mesa – Love, hate, broken promises and five kids who find refuge in street art and music in a hostile city. The nobodies represent young adults in wanderlust looking for an opportunity to escape their reality.
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Documentary Competition :
Home by Josephine Landertinger – Josephine asks her mother Lilia, a Colombian who has lived in 8 countries and now grows old in Portugal, if she has found home.
El Valle Sin Sombra by Rubén Mendoza – On a dark November night of 1985, an avalanche descends the mountainside of Armero, Colombia, burying more than 25,000 people and an entire village in 15 minutes. This day is remember vividly by the 3,000 survivors who tell their story.
Todo Comenzó Por El Fin by Luis Ospina – A self-portrait of the Cali Group, also known as Caliwood, a group of cinephiles, who in the midst of the wild party in gand historical chaos of the 70’s and 80’s, managed to produce films which later became a fundamental par to fColombia’s film history. This documentary is also the clinical history of the filmmaker, who fell gravely ill during the production of the film. It’s the story of a survivor.
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Pizarro by Simón Hernández – After 10 years in exile María Pizarro realizes no matter how far she runs she can’t escape her father’s past. Twenty years later she goes back to Colombia with the hopes of reconstructing her father’s memory. Carlos Pizarro was an iconic figure of his time, he was the first guerrilla commander in Latin American history to sign the peace with his government. After 45 days of peace, he was mysteriously murdered. Through her personal journey she tries to understand the events that led him to his death.
Busca Por Dentro by Marino Aguado Varela / César Gálviz Molina – A tribute to composer Jairo Varela Martínez, a musical icon who invented a unique sound for Colombian salsa, later becoming a world known artist. This is a story told by his friends, colleagues and family.
Noche Herida by Nicolás Rincón – Blanca and her three grandsons flee to a shelter on the Bogota border after being displaced from the countryside due to violence. Didier, the elder of the three boys, drifts off towards an uncertain future. With the help of the blessed souls, Blanca fights to protect him from a distance, while watching over the two younger boys, John and Camilo whom she fears will also stray. This is the story of a grandmother fighting for the future of her family: an age-old tale in a contemporary context.
Short Films Competition:
Love and Cake by Catalina Ramírez – Cornelia is the best cake maker in the universe. Everyone whohas tasted her cakes could see all the beauty of the world. Everyone, except her. Without love, her only remedy is to go for a surgery to never have feelings again.
El Cañamo by Rafael Loayza Sánchez – Jacinto, a deer hunter and farmer, deals with the terrible grief of losing his sick son due to unfulfilled political promises, as his hometown lacks of a local health center. In the middle of the electoral run, Jacinto, out on a hunt, finds himself face to face with the one responsible of his suffering.
Punta Cana by Javier Castro Márquez / Mariana Vargas – At eighty years, Agustin lives with his wife Myriam, the love of his life. Myriam suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and has trouble remembering him. One day, Agustin decides to travel with her to Punta Cana to evoke memories of their youth. At the airport he finds himself in a complicated situation and Agustin realizes that he has to accept his new circumstances with his wife.
La Vía Láctea by Andrés Guevara Espinosa – During a severe drought in the Bogota savanna, Antonio, a 10 year old peasant finds an incredible solution to help his family through his ingenuity and imagination.
Números Redondos by Rafael Martinez – Nadia and Raul are lovers. He finds out Nadia keeps account of the times they’ve had sex, and challenge each other to reach a goal of 50 . During their challenge, the calculations fail them and their encounters become disagreements.
Una Canoa sin Río by Antonio Mariño / Jeferson Romero – An empty canoe arrives unexpectedly at a small community located in Paradise, a neighborhood of Bogota, Colombia. Its inhabitants are displaced peasants from different areas of the country, they choose not to forget their origins by transforming the garbage in the city into objects that will remind them where they came from.
Mystery Land by Sebastián Sarmiento – Pedro, a field worker, dreams every night about flying, one day Pedro discovers he can fly, but flying is absolutely forbidden in Mystery Land.
En Tierras Lejanas by Checho Mejía Gonzalez – Locked in a room, a couple decides to write a story to pass the time. Details of the relationship’s past emerge as they develop their own characters that end up having an effect on the couple’s reality.
Morir en Cali by Fernando Galeano Naranjo -A father returns to Cali in hopes of finding a daughter he never met. Years earlier, he abandoned her pregnant mother for a career as an actor in New York. A love song about an ignored daughter leads to an encounter with the angel of his extermination. Contemporary version of Electra.
7UN3L by Klysh López – What is left of a relationship on its way to the end after all the time spent together? There will always be that last conversation while cruising the tunnel towards the end.
Niñas de Uchituu by Helena Salguero Vélez – Sonia and Yelitza , two Wayuu girls, grow in the midst of ancient traditions of their indigenous group and the presence of practices that the white foreigner has brought, putting at risk the preservation of the ancestral culture.
Madre by Simón Mesa – 16 year-old Andrea leaves her neighborhood in the hills of Medellin to attend a downtown casting call for a porno film.
The Vertical Mattress by Mauricio Arrieta – A homeless man finds the mattress he needs in a fancy street of a big city. He does not have the means to take it home so he will have to improvise. The film is a visual exploration of homelessness and displacement.
Fotosíntesis by Juan David Mejía – Yeison is a kid living with his grandmother Flor and his sister Maria. They work from home growing plants together for living, but Yeison wants to study. One day, Yeison grabs his notebook and a bean plant and suddenly escapes home.
Números Redondos by Rafael Martínez – Nadia and Raul are lovers. He finds weird that Nadia keeps account of the times they have sex. They challenge each other to reach number fifty. However, with the passage of time their roles and their circumstances change.
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A special presentation of El Abrazo de la Serpiente (Embrace of the Serpent) by Ciro Guerra, first Colombian film nominated by the Academy to compete for best foreign language film, will take place at Village East Cinema on Saturday March 25th at 9:30pm with actor Brionne Davis in attendance. Embrace of the Serpent is the story of Karamakate, a warrior shaman and last of his tribe, who transcends the worlds of men and seeks truth through their dreams. He alone knows how to find the mysterious and psychedelic Yakruna plant; for some it has life-saving properties, for others it is a commodity waiting to be exploited. Two scientists, in two different times with very different agendas enlist Karamakate on their individual quests in an epic adventure into the heart of the Colombian Amazon to find this mythical plant. The film is inspired by the travel diaries of Theodor Koch Grunberg and Richard Evans Schultes.
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The Colombian Film Festival New York is presented by Delta Air Lines and sponsored by the Colombian Embassy in the United States, Univision (official network of CFFNY), Prevision Exequial – Prexco and Caracol Cine.
For many years, the film industry in Colombia has often lacked the resources to produce national cinema. Amongst several setbacks was the absence of a national audience who demanded Hollywood films. In recent years, Colombia has expanded its resources to support filmmakers throughout the country, since then the number of productions has increased dramatically.
The Colombian Film Festival New York – CFFNY was founded by Juan Carvajal in 2012, he is a filmmaker from Cali, Colombia also known as Caliwood for its history and talent in filmmaking. While visiting New York City, Juan noticed the small presence of Colombian cinema in theatres. Determined to unify the existing diaspora of the country and New York’s community he set himself a goal to create a festival dedicated to the exhibition of Colombia’s roots and talent. Let’s discover and rediscover our history through film!