One of the few femme action thriller helmers in Colombia, Mora, 34, is poised to shoot her feature debut “Matar a Jesus” in March. A Medellin native, she co-directed the epic Caracol TV series “Escobar, El Patron del Mal” with Carlos Moreno, who tapped her after seeing her award-winning shorts “West,” “Salome” and “Brotherhood.” “We shot 60 episodes in 10 months,” says Mora of the ambitious “Escobar” series, noting that Moreno teased her that the grueling experience was her “baptism in blood.”
The RMIT Melbourne graduate drew from her personal experience for her feature debut about a girl who witnesses her father’s assassination. “I’ve been writing it for the past 10 years but I felt I needed to prepare for it physically, emotionally and technically for it.“ Her short “Salome” turns on a young girl grieving over her deceased father.
“I guess I belong to a whole new generation of Colombian filmmakers, which includes Cesar Acevedo, Ciro Guerra and Oscar Ruiz Navia,” she says. “We’re all friends but I’m the only girl in the group,” she laughs.
“Matar a Jesus” has been through the incubators at the Guanajuato and Huelva film fests and was selected for the 2015 Berlinale Co-production Market. Co-producers include Colombia’s 64-A Films, Argentina’s AZ Films/Sudestada Cine and Michel Merkt of France. Unafilm Germany is in talks to also board the film.