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CELEBRATING COLOMBIAN CINEMA: ZOOM IN @NYU

Monday, May 23, 2011 , Posted by LATINO EVENTS Y TESPIS MAGAZINE at 3:06 PM


Since the launch of the cinema law, the film industry in Colombia has experienced a boom characterized by the production of more than 10 movies a year, invitations and awards from the most important international film festivals and a growing audience going to movie theaters. This rise in production is also due partially to a new whole generation of Colombian filmmakers who attended film schools in Colombia, the United States, and Europe. A national cinema has slowly and surely started. A cinema which is as distinct as it is diverse.

NYU's King Juan Carlos Center will host Colombia Zoom In starting May 23, 7:00 p.m. with the New York premiere of Karen llora en un bus / Karen Cries in a Bus (Gabriel Rojas, 2011). Zoom In will also pay tribute to “The Poe” Ricardo León Peña-Villa who passed away recently in New York City with the short documentary Portrait of Ricardo León Peña-Villa (Sebastian Gutierrez).

The festival closes on May 26, with the presentation of Retratos en un mar de mentiras / Portraits in a Sea of Lies (Carlos Gaviria, 2010). Actress Paola Bandión, winner of Best Actress at Guadalajara Film Festival will be present for Q&A.

Here is the Columbia Zoom In Line-Up: MAY 23- 26

Monday, May 23 @ 7:00 p.m.
KAREN LLORA EN UN BUS / KAREN CRIES IN A BUS
Gabriel Rojas. 2011. Colombia. Fiction. 98 min.
After ten years living in a golden cage and devoting herself to her husband, Karen realizes what she has left behind. Sick of it all, she decides to leave-off. With her savings, she rents a room in downtown Bogota and tries to get a job, but her age and inexperience makes it impossible. Soon she has to decide between going back to her stable life and risking her new gained freedom or, for the first time, facing the cruelties of life on her own. RECEPTION TO FOLLOW. SPONSORED BY EMPANADAS CAFÉ.
Preceded by the short film Homage to “The Poe” / Homenaje a El Poe (1961-2011)
RICARDO LEÓN PEÑA-VILLA / PORTRAIT OF RICARDO LEÓN PEÑA-VILLA
Sebastian Gutierrez. 2008. Colombia-U.S. Documentary. 8 min.

Homage to “The Poe”, Ricardo León Peña Villa, who died recently. Almost 20 years ago, a group of artists and community leaders began living in the dilapidated buildings of the Lower East Side of New York. Poet Ricardo Leon-Peña Villa was one of those called “squatters”.
Tuesday, May 24 @ 6:00 p.m.
MAMÁ CHOCÓ - NY Premiere
Diana Kuellar – Andres Giraldo. 2010. Colombia. Documentary. 60 min.

Mamá Chocó is the fictional journey of a uprooted woman from Cali to the land she left. A permanent evocation of what was her home; a desire and struggle to regain a place worth living. She had 26 children and almost a hundred grandchildren. With songs and tales, in the streets of Aguablanca district, Mamá Chocó evokes her dear Chocó, a desolate and abandoned town because of the war.

Tuesday, May 24 @ 7:15 p.m.
LOS VIAJES DEL VIENTO / THE WIND JOURNEYS - NY Premiere
Ciro Guerra. 2009. Colombia. Fiction. 112 min.
For most of his life, Ignacio Carrillo traveled the villages of northern Colombia, playing traditional songs on his accordion, a legendary instrument said to have once belonged to the devil. After the traumatic death of his wife, he vows to never play the accursed accordion again, and embarks on one last journey to return the instrument to its rightful owner. On the way, Ignacio is followed by Fermín, a spirited teenager determined to become his apprentice. Ignacio will try to discourage Fermín but destiny has different plans for them.

Wednesday, May 25 @ 6:00 p,m.
LA PASIÓN DE GABRIEL / GABRIEL’S PASSION
Luis Alberto Restrepo. 2009. Colombia. Fiction. 92 min.
An energetic young priest, Father Gabriel, tries to make a difference in the lives of his poor parishioners in the Colombian jungle. Pragmatism trumps tradition when Gabriel tries to engage both sides of the ongoing civil war, the army and the FARC guerillas.


Wednesday May 25 @ 7:40 p.m.
CHANCE
Abner Benaim. 2009. Panama-Colombia. Fiction. 90 min.
Chance is a fun tropical comedy that takes place in the luxurious mansion of the Gonzalez-Dubois, an aristocratic Caribbean family, where Paquita and Toña are employed as domestic workers. Fed up with the abuse and lack of respect they get from their employers, Paquita and Toña decide to make justice on their own hands and kidnap the Gonzales Dubois’ in their own home. They will ask for a large ransom. What no one imagines is the great secret behind the family...

Thursday, May 26 @ 6:00 p.m.
NEW TALENTS, A SHOWCASE OF COLOMBIAN SHORTS
El corazón de la mancha by Rubén Mendoza. 2010. Colombia. Fiction. 23 min.
Magnolia by Diana Montenegro. 2011. Colombia. Fiction. 15 min.
Esto es un revólver by Pablo González. 2010. Colombia. Fiction. 21 min.

Thursday May 26 @ 7:00 p.m.
RETRATOS EN UN MAR DE MENTIRAS / PORTRAIT IN A SEA OF LIES
Carlos Gaviria. 2010. Colombia. Fiction. 88 min.
Actress Paola Bandion present for q&A
After the death of their grandfather in a mudslide, Jairo, an itinerant photographer, and Marina, his young amnesic and mute cousin, decide to go back and try to recover the land from which she was displaced years ago. They travel from Bogotá to the Caribbean coast in an old beat-up Renault 4. During the trip the story of her traumatic past starts to unfold.

Preceded by the short animation EL TROMPETISTA/ THE TRUMPETER
Miguel Rueda. 2011. Colombia-U.S. Animation. 6 min
The trumpeter is the story of a lonely musician with a lot of passion but lacking talent. He has not been successful and is what we call "a loser". Everything changes when our lonely loser meets a woman while riding the subway. He will discover that being a musician with no talent not only will save his life, but will conquer a beautiful woman's heart.
RECEPTION TO FOLLOW. SPONSORED BY EMPANADAS CAFÉ.
Enlace para bajar el programa como pdf: ZOOM IN

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