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Los colores de la montaña
The Colors of the Mountain

A film by Carlos César Arbeláez

2010, Colombia/Panama, Drama, 90 min.

 

 

Presented as part of the Cine Las Americas Signature Series at the Alamo Drafthouse

WINNER- NEW DIRECTORS AWARD, SAN SEBASTIÁN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2010

WINNER- AUDIENCE AWARD (BEST FILM), CARTAGENA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

- “Breathtakingly scenic… nimbly captures the pleasures and pains of childhood bonds.” – Neil Young, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“Moving, funny, poignant and insightful… a powerful debut!” – Mark Adams, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

 

Los colores de la montaña
The Colors of the Mountain

Dir. Carlos César Arbeláez

Colombia/Panama, 2010, Drama
90 min. 35mm, Color
In Spanish with English Subtitles

 

Far in the mountains of Antioquia, Colombia, Manuel (Hernán Mauricio Ocampo) turns nine years old. His father gives him a soccer ball for his birthday with which he’ll be able to play at being the goalie at a soccer tournament with his friends Julián (Nolberto Sánchez) and “Poca Luz” (Genaro Aristizábal). The dream of the tournament quickly vanishes when the ball falls on a mined field. While the ball lays there, unattainable in plain sight for days on end, life in the community of La Pradera slowly disintegrates, ravaged by the power struggle between the guerrilla, the army, and the paramilitary groups. The three friends devise different ways of recovering the ball, but the armed conflict turns play into a dangerous reality, threatening with a sudden end their childhood innocence and driving them apart.

Ernesto (Hernán Méndez), Manuel’s father, does everything possible to stay out of the conflict. At the same time, he avoids yielding to the pledge of his wife Miriam (Carmen Torres) who wants to abandon their house and animals and start anew somewhere else. While the families in the surrounding communities leave one by one, Carmen (Natalia Cuéllar), a new rural teacher with the fresh ideal of giving the children a better life, arrives in La Pradera determined not to abandon them like the previous teacher did. But in those remote lands, life sooner or later reaches its ultimate consequences: to be displaced or to die in the crossfire, even for those who try not to get involved in the conflict. While still a child, Manuel becomes conscious that violence is inherent within his family, which also prevails in the beautiful mountains where he was born, those he enjoys drawing so much… and he still has a soccer ball to recover.

 
 



Lejos, en las montañas de Antioquia, Colombia, Manuel (Hernán Mauricio Ocampo) cumple nueve años, y su padre le obsequia un balón de futbol con el que podrá al fin jugar a ser arquero en un torneo de futbol, junto con sus amigos Julián (Nolberto Sánchez) y “Poca Luz” (Genaro Aristizábal). El sueño del torneo se desvanece rápidamente cuando el balón cae en un campo minado, y mientras el balón queda ahí, a plena vista pero inalcanzable durante días, la vida en la comunidad de La Pradera se vá desintegrando poco a poco, devastada por las fuerzas encontradas de grupos guerrilleros, escuadrones paramilitres, y el ejercito. Los tres amigos ingenian formas de rescatar el balón, mas el conflicto armado hace de su juego una peligrosa realidad, y amenaza con coartar de tajo la inocencia de su infancia, y con separarlos.


Ernesto (Hernán Méndez), el padre de Manuel, hace lo posible por no involucrarse en el conflicto, mas tampoco cede a las súplicas de Miriam (Carmen Torres), su mujer, quien le pide abandonar su casa y sus animales, e irse a otro lado a empezar de nuevo. Mientras una a una se van las familias de las comunidades aledañas, a La Pradera llega Carmen (Natalia Cuéllar), una nueva maestra rural con el fresco ideal de dar una mejor vida a los niños, y de no abandonarles como lo hizo la maestra anterior. Pero en aquellas remotas tierras, la vida tarde o temprano alcanza sus últimas consecuencias: desplazarse o morir, incluso para aquellos que intentan mantenerse al margen del conflicto. Siendo aún un niño, Manuel cobra conciencia tanto de la violencia inherente en su propia familia, como de la que impera en las hermosas montañas donde nació y que tanto le gusta dibujar… y aún le queda su balón por rescatar.

 

Eugenio del Bosque – Cine Las Americas

 

 

 

About the Director

CarlosCCarlos César Arbeláez is a director from Antioquia, Colombia. He has a degree from the Communications Faculty of the University of Antioquia, has studied Screenwriting, Drama, and Cinema History at the International School of Cinema and Television (EICTV) in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba, and at the National School of Cinematic Experimentation and Production (ENERC) in Argentina. Arbeláez has directed more than a dozen documentaries for television, including three for the series GOOD BOYS, which won awards at the Festival of Film and Television in Cartagena; DEEP BLACK- MINER’S STORIES which gained an Honorable Metion at the Bogota International Film Festival; and HOW TO GET TO HEAVEN which gained an Honorable Metion at the competition Para Verte Mejor, organized by Comfenalco – Antioquia. ICE AGE, his first fiction short, won a runner up for the Sky Television National Cinema Prize at the Cinema and Television Festival at Cartagena in 2000, and was shown on this channel throughout Latin America. In 2005 he won the prize Ciudad de Medellín (Medellín City) for Best Unpublished Storyline Script. His second short, THE SERENDADE, won the competition organized by the Culture Ministry’s Cinema Development Fund in 2005. In 2007 he won a scholarship from City of Medellín to develop THE EYES OF THE DOVE fiction feature film. THE COLORS OF THE MOUNTAIN is his first feature film.

 

Cast

Hernán Mauricio Ocampo - Manuel
Genaro Aristizábal - Poca Luz
Nolberto Sánchez - Julián
Natalia Cuéllar - Carmen
Hernán Méndez -Miguel
Carmen Torres - Miriam

 

Crew

Written and Directed by Carlos César Arbeláez
Production Companies: El Bus Producciones, Jaguar Films
Executive Producers: Julián Giraldo, Carolina Angarita and Juan Diego Villegas
Producer: Juan Pablo Tamayo
Co-Producer: Luis Pacheco
Cinematographer: Oscar Jimenez
Editor: Felipe Aljure and Andrés Durán
Sound: Camilo Montilla, Jean Guy Veran, and Yesid Ricardo Vasquez
Original Music: Camilo Montilla and Oriol Caro
Costume Designer: María Adelaida Olarte and Mabel Amaya
Art Director: Gonzalo Martínez
Make Up: Jorge Betancur
Assistant Director: Biviana Márquez
A Film Movement Release

 

 

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