Wednesday, March 20, 2013 , Posted by LATINO EVENTS Y TESPIS MAGAZINE at 12:36 PM

We are a little bit richer today in NYC. The First Colombian Film Festival adds a new layer and a new perspective to our multicultural existence where we can already enjoy festivals devoted to Spanish, Mexican, Peruvian, Ecuadorian, Puerto Rican and Dominican filmmaking. Colombians are one of the biggest community in NYC and we welcome the Colombian Film Festival and wish them much success. 
The festival program will have feature films, documentaries, shorts, forums, US and World Premieres and some press conferences. Juan Carvajal, director of the festival, said “this is an unbelievable opportunity to feature the best of Colombia’s cinema at the Big Apple; this is a turning point for Colombian filmmaking to showcase just days before the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival”. We agree. Exitos!.

The Colombian Film Festival > Tribeca Cinemas in New York City > March 20 - 24. For more information please visit: . 

Here is a sample of what is coming:

US Premieres

* Lo Azul del Cielo- 2013 (Director Juan Alfredo Uribe) CAMILO is a 23 year-old member of the middle class in Medellin, Colombia. After serving in the army, he returns home eager to make a new life for himself. His relationship with his family is a source of constant conflict, and finally they give him an ultimatum: find a job or move out. He spends most of his time playing in a neighborhood indoor soccer league, and there, in a stroke of luck, his coach BERRI offers him an opportunity to make some easy money. For CAMILO, however, this new opportunity is morally objectionable and one he initially rejects. In a fateful decision, eventually he concedes and decides to accept the job, thereby involving himself in an uncomfortable, not to mention illegal, situation.
Later on CAMILO meets SOL, a young girl studying classical music at the local university. Immediately he becomes infatuated with her, intent on learning everything about her. They fall in love. Eager to shed the ghosts of his past, CAMILO forges a new identity for himself but eventually someone returns from his past threatening to untangle CAMILO’S web of lies and reveal his true identity to SOL. Can CAMILO fight of his ghosts and keep his new life on track?

* Apatia – 2012 (Director Arturo Ortegón) The action takes place during Easter week. In this short time, plenty happens. Julián is a writer who has lost interest in life and contemplates committing suicide as a last gesture of inconformity; at the same time, his friend travels to the coast for no particular reason other than to assuage his boredom. Julian’s tragic end forces his friend to literally pull over and try to wrap his head around what has happened. But his words only serve to echo the emptiness felt by a generation teetering on the brink of nothingness.

* Sofia y El Terco -2012 (Director Andrés Burgos) Sofia and her husband live in a small village in the Colombian countryside. Their life has just been a long repetition of facts for years. They grew here, married and they know everybody in the village. He is the owner of a grocery store. She makes everything in their house: she chooses his clothes in the morning, prepares breakfast, lunch and dinner, feeds the birds, cleans… And she has an old dream: she wants to go to the sea whereas she has always known mountains. But Gustavo always has good reasons to delay the trip. He cannot let his grocery store; his employee cannot get by himself… So that Sofia will need a help, from her friend Mercedes for example. Or she will have to take charge.

World Premieres

* Maybe Tomorrow- 2012- (Michael Wolfe) Three men. One night. A crime that would sever their friendships but connect them to each other for life. After spending the last fifteen years trying to deny it, they will finally be forced to revisit the one night that changed their lives. Facing a lengthy prison sentence, RUSS MAHLER, a career criminal armed with a destructive secret, blackmails the only man that can get him off the hook, Manhattan District Attorney GRAHAM SEIFERT, whose Chief of Staff EVAN MIDLAND is called upon to facilitate a resolution. With his hands tied, Graham has Russ acquitted and upon Evan’s insistence, invites him out to his Hampton beach house for the weekend where the three of them will finally attempt to bury a memory that still haunts them. Once reunited, catharsis erupts and everything pours out…why Russ made the decision that would destroy his life, how Evan betrayed him and why Graham might resign as D.A. to play second fiddle to a corrupt Senator. In one night, they will confront the sins of their pasts, face the flawed men they are in the present and determine what they must do to secure a future where hopefully, a better version of themselves will be waiting.

* Volver a Morir
– 2012 (Director Miguel Urrutia) Camila wakes up and does not know where she is, naked, next to Dario, a mysterious man who seduces her and in a moment of passion kills her. She returns back in time at the exact moment she wakes up and gets stuck in a dead end die again and again, however, every time she sees in the dark mind of the murderer keys to try to save his life.

* Chocó – 2012 (Director Johnny Hendrix) A hard-working woman with two children and a drunkard for a husband. In the mornings, Choco works in a gold mine along the San Juana River. In the afternoons she cleans clothes for richer families. And when her daughter turns 7, the only thing Choco wants is to buy her a birthday cake, a humble wish that could change her life. Chocó is the story of a woman from the rural areas in the pacific coast of Colombia, subjugated by her husband and by the dominant male tradition from this part of the country. She portrays the life of many women who undergo violence and mistreatment at home not only in Colombia but in the entire World.

* 180 Segundos -2012 –(Director Alexander Giraldo) Zico is the leader of the most respected group of thieves in the city. His crimes are most of the time are perfect: no bullets, no wounded, not single evidence that could trace him back left behind. When his last job comes around, Zico and his sister Angelica hope to leave the country to start a new life. In order for Zico to complete this last job, he plans a robbery that must be completed in three exact minutes. However, behind his master plan, Zico does not see coming: a long lost love, a special unit of the police that has already targeted them and a soccer match that has the entire city’s attention. Zico’s life, his sister’s life and nine other people’s live cross paths in 180 seconds that show average human beings, that laugh, cry, love, want to love, steal and do not want to die. 180 Seconds will show the best and the worst in these human beings.

* La Lectora –2012 (Director Riccardo Gabrielli R) La Lectora is the story of a college girl that is kidnapped by chance, by a couple of bad guys, so she can translate a manuscript and confirm an urban legend. Somewhere in the city lies a treasure, a hidden briefcase. This mysterious manuscript tells the story of a couple, Karen, a stripper and Cachorro, a young and ambitious cab driver. They hide the briefcase in a secret location to escape an ambush. Now they will risk their lives in order to get to it, because it contains the longing of a new life. In reality and possible fiction, these two parallel stories will show the culture of ambition, wealthy pasts, uncertain futures, love and the dream of freedom.

* La Cara Oculta- 2011 (Director Andrés Baiz) An untrusting woman (Clara Lago) tests her boyfriend’s loyalty by concealing herself in a hidden room deep within their house, and makes a discovery that chills her to the core in this thriller from director Andres Baiz (Satanás). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

* Porfirio - 2012 - (Alejandro Landes) Porfirio tells the story of Porfirio Ramirez, a man who became handicapped after a failed police operation where he was shot in the back in 1991. Because of this, Porfirio sues the state, but due to several problems with the case, the lawsuit gets closed. With no money, and many problems, Porfirio takes a risky decision with his son: Hijack a plane and demand a meeting with the President of Colombia to discuss his problems. Based in the true story of Porfirio Ramirez.

* Todos Tus Muertos -2011 (Carlos Moreno) Salvador is a peasant who one day wakes up as usual to work on his land but instead finds a pile of corpses in the middle of his crops. He runs to notify the authorities but is Sunday and Election Day so the dead ones end up being a nuisance that nobody wants to deal with.

* Sin Palabras -2012 (Diego Fernando Bustamante / Ana Sofía Osorio Ruiz) Raúl lives alone and works at a hardware store. Unhappy with the way his life has turned out, he waits for something or someone to come along and change it. One day, he notices a Chinese girl outside the store. She sits there for hours and Raúl’s curiosity is finally aroused. It turns out the girl doesn’t speak a word of Spanish ―hence the title―, but as they get to know each other, Raúl learns that Lian has entered Colombia illegally in the hope of eventually making it to the United States. The love affair they embark on will prompt Raúl to stop procrastinating and take control of his own life.

Plus Documentaries and Shorts. For more information please visit:

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