Crab Trap
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    Crab Trap

    El vuelco del cangrejo

    Directed by



    95 min

    • Spanish


    From the director of LOS HONGOS presented at TorinoFilmLab - FrameWork

    At La Barra, an isolated village on the Pacific Coast of Colombia, Cerebro, leader of the native Afro-Colombian community, is at odds with the white man, a landowner who wants to build a hotel on the beach. Daniel, a strange and urban appearance guy, arrives to the village looking for a motorboat to leave the country. Only three penniless locals, a girl and two teenagers, are willing to help Daniel. However, finding a boat will take longer than he expects. At La Barra, an odd shortage of fish has sent fishermen and their boats far away to sea. Day after day, the white man increases his attack on Brain by installing two enormous speakers on the beach, disrupting the natural stillness of the village. One day, Brain’s patience finally runs out. Daniel has to leave and somehow remains insensitive to the struggle of this village to survive the looming arrival of modernity.


    Rodrigo Vélez
    Arnobio Salazar Rivas “Cerebro”
    Jaime Andres Castaño
    Yisela Álvarez
    Karent Hinestrozan
    Miguel Valoy
    Israel Rivas
    Oscar Ruíz Navia
    Sofía Oggioni Hatty
    Andrés Pineda
    Felipe Guerrero
    Oscar Ruiz  Navia

    Oscar Ruiz Navia


    "I like films apparently simple but complex at the same time. Films loaded with epiphanies"

    Oscar Ruíz Navia was born on June 22, 1982, in Cali, Colombia. After studying communication and journalism, he founded his production company Contravia Films in 2006. In 2010, he received the FIPRESCI Prize at the Berlinale for his first film, CRAB TRAP (El vuelco del cangrejo). He was present at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes as the producer of William Vega's LA SIRGA. His second feature, LOS HONGOS (2014), premiered at Locarno FF, where it won a Special Prize from the Ciné+ Jury.

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