Today starts a new edition of Sundance Film Festival with a catalogue that includes 118 productions. This year four Latin American feature films will be present in Utah.
These Latin American productions has been selected on World Dramatic Competition, a category that includes emerging filmmaking talents worldwide with “fresh perspectives and inventive styles” according explains the same film festival.
Before premiering his first feature film, director Iván D. Gaona worked as Director’s assistant of other Colombian filmmakers like the Oscar Award Nominee Ciro Guerra in “The Wind Journeys”. During these same years he co-founded the production company La Banda del Carro Rojo Producciones together to Diana Pérez Mejía. Since 2008, they have filmed 11 short films.
Story of drug lord Pablo Escobar has inspired many books, films, series and even video games. Although it makes part of Colombian past, international entertainment industry struggles to keep his memory alive.
Recently, we have watched his life in movies like Escobar: Paradise Lost (with Benicio del Toro as the drug trafficker) and Narcos, a Netflix original television series starring Brazilian actor Wagner Moura as Pablo.
This afternoon Mexican director and writer Guillermo Arriaga (21 Grams, Amores Perros, Babel) has tweeted by asking people to support his son who is going to direct his first short film. Arriaga wrote: “He is doing with rigor. Hopefully, you can support him”.
Museum of the Moving Image in Queen, New York, will make a Colombia Pictures Series next September 11th.
Colombian cinema has had a significant growth during the last three years specially. In fact, it was during last 2015 that broke historic milestone for its cinematography: it got the first nomination for Best Foreign Feature Film in Oscar (for Embrace of a Serpent), and its first Caméra d’or (Golden Camera) for the best first feature film by César Augusto Acevedo (The Land and Shade) in Cannes Film Festival. Since 1978 only three more times a Latin America movie has gotten this international award.
In International Film Festivals like Cartagena (Colombia) and Guadalajara (Mexico) and most recently, in Bogota International Book Festival has been launching “Retina Latina”, a VOD platform to watch Latin American movies for free and legally.Last March, when it was on air, they started with 36 feature and short films and the catalog will include more than 106 films at the end of this year.