Hot exportables from Colombia

Biz is cooking uop a wide selection of genres

Director: Andi Baiz
Production: Dynamo, Avalon (Spain)
A tale of dysfunctional love in a remote mountain hideaway. From the helmer of “Satanas.” To shoot in August.

“Contracorriente” (Undertow)
Director: Javier Fuentes-Leon
Production: Dynamo, Elcalvo, Neuecameo, Cinefacture
Ghostly gay romance has won aud awards at Montreal, Sundance, Cartagena and Miami fests. International sales: Shoreline Entertainment. Debuted April 23 in Colombia.

“El Gancho” (The Hook)
Director: Sandra Higuita Marin
Production: Independencia Realizadores, Never Land (Spain)
Two young men from the slums of Medellin set out to fulfill their dream of reaching the sea on bicycles.

“El Paramo”
Director: Jaime Osorio
Production: Rhayuela Cine
What begins as a war story descends into a horror pic. Shooting started in April.

“El Vuelco del cangrejo” (Crab Trap)
Director: Oscar Ruiz Navia

Production: Contravia Films
On a remote island off the Pacific coast of Colombia, a visitor waits to escape from brewing interracial conflict. Fipresci Critics winner at Berlin. Best debut film at Havana.

“En Coma” (Coma)
Director: Juan David Restrepo
Production: EfeX, backed by RCN Cine and e-nnova
A hitman in Medellin falls in love and tries to leave his life of crime. In post.

Director: Jose Luis Rugeles.
Production: Rhayuela Cine
A night watchman’s life takes a dramatic turn when his wife is kidnapped. Co-production with Brazil. Completed.

“La Sociedad del semaforo” (The Stoplight Society)
Director: Ruben Mendoza.
Production: Dia-Fragma Fabrica, Laberinto Prods.
Developed at 2008 Cannes atelier, pic tracks a street-savvy peasant who rigs traffic lights to give jugglers, the handicapped and vendors more time at intersections. Release: Fall 2010.

“Los Colores de la montana” (The Colors of the Mountain)
Director: Carlos Cesar Arbelaez
Production: El Bus Prods., Jaguar Films (Panama)
Shot in Medellin, a portrait of rural life in the mountains through the eyes of two boys whose game of soccer is foiled when their ball strays into a minefield.

“Narcopotamos” (Pablo’s Hippos)
Director/producer: Antonio von Hildebrand
Production: El Teatro Taller Creativo y Ludico, Caracol Cine
Partly animated docu takes a satirical look at 30 years of Colombia’s drug war seen from the point of view of a hippopotamus.

“Operacion Jaque” (Operation checkmate)
Written by: Jessica Postigo. No director yet.
Production: RCN Cine, e-nnova, Vertigo Films, Andale Films
A $20 million drama based on the real-life rescue of ex-presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and other hostages in Colombia. Screen Gems to distribute domestically. Slated to shoot in Colombia this year.

“Que hay para la cabeza” (Our Trip)
Director: Carlos Mario Urrea, Alessandro Angulo
Production: Laberinto Prods.
Docu that explores harsh realities of the drug biz and guerilla war in Colombia and ponders whether the legalization of narcotics is the answer.

“Rabia” (Rage)
Director: Sebastian Cordero
Production: Dynamo Prods., Telecinco, Tequila Gang
Colombian/Spanish co-production set in Spain about a South American couple. The man’s quick temper lands him in trouble and forces him to hide in the mansion where his girlfriend works. Special Jury prizewinner at Tokyo Film Festival, multi-awarded at Guadalajara. International sales: Wild Bunch.

“Retratos en un mar de mentiras” (Portraits in a Sea of Lies)
Director: Carlos Gaviria
Production: Carlos Gaviria Prods., Caracol Cine
Unspooled in Berlin. Winner best Latin American film at Guadalajara. Gaviria’s feature debut tracks a photographer and his mute amnesiac cousin who try to recover the land from which she was displaced years ago. Release in May.

“Saludo al Diablo de mi parte (Greetings to the Devil)
Director: Juan Felipe Orozco
Production: Sanantero Films
Crime noir starring Edgar Ramirez from the helmer of “Al final del espectro” (At the End of the Spectra), which is set to be remade into English. Debuted in April.

“Sin tetas no hay paraíso” (Without Breasts, There is no Paradise)
Director/writer: Gustavo Bolívar
Production: Amazonas Films, EfeX, RCN Cine
Awareness is high for this drug moll drama, based on a bestseller that spawned an international hit telenovela. Teenage girls go under the knife to please their drug-runner boyfriends. In post.

“Una Hora mas en canarias” (With or Without Love)
Director: David Serrano
Production: Dynamo, Vertice Cine, TVE, Telespan
Musical romantic comedy set in Madrid and Tenerife by “Dias de futbol” helmer. Unspooling in Malaga. July release in Spain and late summer release in Colombia.

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