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Cannes Daily Spotlight 2012: Colombia

Juan Andres Arango
Helmer-scribe, “La playa”
Arango’s realistic urban drama “La playa” was nurtured along the way to its Un Certain Regard berth through its participation in various development programs, including the 2010 Buenos Aires Lab, Mannheim Meetings, and the San Sebastian Film Festival’s Cine en Construccion. A Canadian resident, Arango, 32, studied film in his native Colombia and cinematography in Barcelona. His previous credits include award-winning docus and shorts.

Juan Carlos Gil
Director of photography
Gil’s career in fashion photography, advertising, shorts and music videos trained him for the rigors of extreme location shoots. Known for his meticulous work, his film credits include Sundance hit “Perro come perro” and Ruben Mendoza’s “Stoplight Society” and “Tierra en la lengua.” His work in “Perro” won him a best d.p. award in the 2007-2008 Colombian Film Awards and best cinematography prize at the 2008 Gramado Film Festival in Brazil.

Alejandro Ramirez Rojas
Composer
In 2008, Ramirez, was selected as one of the top 25 Colombian leaders in the arts by leading mag Cambio and named Colombia’s young musical entrepreneur of the year by the Colombian Ministry of Culture in association with the British Council — not an insignificant accomplishment for a 31-year-old. Now 35, He has scored music for notable filmmakers, TV productions and live events in Latin America, Europe and the U.S., including Colombian pics “Poker,” “Yo soy otro” and “Los actores del conflicto.”

William Vega
Helmer, “La sirga”
Vega’s debut feature “La sirga” (The Towrope) swept Toulouse’s 21st Films in Progress in March, paving the way for a coveted entry into Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight. Vega, 30, was an assistant director in Oscar Ruiz Navia’s “Crab Trap,” a Fipresci critics winner at Berlin 2010. His studies in journalism and screenwriting coupled with a clutch of award-winning shorts prepped him for a stunning debut. “La sirga” showcases his poetic sense of framing and location as well as a subtle depiction of violence.

Andres Parra
Actor
Considered one of the most versatile thesps in Colombia, Parra’s theater training in the U.K., France, Mexico and the U.S. has steered him to a wide range of roles in notable pics. Parra, 34, who is bilingual, has been hailed for his ability to morph into his characters. His star turn as a conflicted priest in “La pasion de Gabriel” won him multiple kudos. Also starred in “Perro come perro,” “Satanas” and, most recently, wry thriller “Sanandresito.”

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