Colombian fest opens Wednesday

The 24th Bogota Film Festival Fest opens Wednesday with the directorial debut of Colombian Carlos Palau, “El sueno del paradiso” (Paradise Dream), and closes Oct. 11 with the winner of the feature debut category.

Ten local pics will compete for Colombian film, which takes centerstage at the fest. Three of them will also vie for the feature debut prize, which is not strictly limited to the first pic.

Event pays homage to Egypt this year with the screening of 10 classics from the Arab nation, including Ahmed Galai’s “Laila.”

Fest introduces a competitive category aimed at filmmakers no older than 18. The Alexis youth prize is in honor of tyro filmmaker Alexis Echavarria who died at the age of 16. The Premio Alexis, to be awarded to video or full-length feature, includes a bronze sculpture and $1,000 cash prize.

This year the fest is partnering with local network RCN, which has sponsored the event for three years. Fest is expected to benefit from the web’s organizational heft and blanket coverage.

FEATURE DEBUT

“La Cascara,” Carlos Ameglio (Uruguay/ Argentina/Spain)

“Mutum,” Sandra Kogut (Brazil)

“Prohibido prohibir,” Jorge Duran (Brazil)

“Uranya,” Costas Kapakas (Greece)

“Vanaja,” Rajnesh Domalpalli (India, U.S.).

“Quien mato a la llamita blanca?,” Rodrigo Bellott (Bolivia).

“Malos Habitos” Simon Bross (Mexico)

“The Man of No Return,” Katya Grokhovskaya (Russia).

“Chicha tu madre,” Gian Franco Quattrini (Peru/ Argentina).

“Chile 672,” Pablo Bardauil and Franco Verdoia (Argentina).

“De Bares,” Mario Iglesias Gonzales (Spain).

“Satanas,” Andres Baiz (Colombia).

“Apocalipsur,” Javier Mejía (Colombia).

“El sueno del paraíso,” Carlos Palau (Colombia).

“Adam,” Abdolreza Kahani (Iran).

“Las tristezas de una solterona,” Seyed Massoud Atyabi (Iran).

COLOMBIAN FILM

“El cielo,” by Alesandro Bassile

“Bluff,” by Felipe Martinez

“Sonar no cuesta nada,” by Rodrigo Triana

“Apocalipsur,” by Javier Mejía

“Las cartas del gordo,” by Diego Armando García and Juan Carlos Vásquez

“Dios los junta y ellos se separan,” by Harold Trompetero

“Satanas,” by Andrés Baiz

“El sueno del paraiso,” by Carlos Palau

“Helena,” by Jaime César Espinosa Bonilla

“Buscando a Miguel,” by Juan Fischere

DOCUMENTARY

“Un pogron en Buenos Aires,” Herman Szwarcbart (Argentina)

“El Santo del pueblo,” Lino Pujia (Argentina)

“M,” Nicolas Prividera (Argentina)

“Oficios que desaparecen,” Celeste Iachini and Silvina Parez (Argentina)

“El corazon,” Diego García Moreno (Colombia)

“Los huespedes de la guerra,” Priscila Padilla (Colombia)

Cuestion de quimica,” Andres Ruiz (Colombia)

“Asi cantaba el nino conde,”Alejandro Ramírez Gutierrez (Colombia)

“El imperio de las esmeraldas,” Aida Martínez Pineda (Colombia)

“Otro mundo,” Felipe Paz (Colombia)

“Resistentes por la paz,” Unai Aranzadi (Spain)

“Tira y afloja,” Pau Fenollosa Alcania (Spain)

“La huella,” Oscar Ignacio Torres Serena (Spain)

“Al filo de la Esperanza,” Gerd Schneider (Germany)

“Revolucion,” Charles Gervais (Canada)

“Secretos de lucha,” Maiana Bidegain (France)

“Un dimanche a pritpiat,” Blandice Hunk and Frederik Consseau (France)

“Busqueda en el silencio,” by Andres Lubbert (Belgium).

“Pablo, angel o demonio,” by Jorge Granier-Phelps (U.K./Colombia)

“El otro lado de la tierra,” Sergey Karandashov and Vladimir Chootko (Russia)

“Vidas de coca,” Roberto Lanza (Bolivia)

“Ein lied fur argyris,” Stefan Haupt, (Switzerland)

PREMIO ALEXIS

“Boo,” by Andres Murcia, Bastian Madiedo and Pedro Montilla

“Que pasaria si…?,” by Nelly Parra, Emiliano Granada and Mickey Moreno

“Donde se ahoga el sueno,” by Alejandro Rodríguez Lombana

“Ritmos urbanos,” by Elisa Cadavid

“Helio,” by Andres Bernal Sanchez

“Libre,” by Samir Oliveros

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