La Playa D.C.

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    La Playa D.C.

    Directed by

    Colombia, France, Brazil

    2012

    90 min

    • Spanish

    Drama

    Cannes IFF - Un Certain Regard Colombian Submission for the Academy Awards

    Tomas, an Afro-Colombian teenager who fled the country’s Pacific coast pushed out by the war, faces the difficulties of growing up in a city of exclusion and racism. When Jairo, his younger brother and closer friend disappear, Tomas is forced to leave his home to look for him. With the help from his older brother Chaco, Tomas plunges in the streets of the city. His search becomes an initiatory journey that compels him to face his past and to leave aside the influence of his brothers in order to find his own identity. Through this journey, Tomas reveals a unique perspective of a vibrant and unstable city that, like Tomas, stands on the threshold between what once was and what might be.

    Awards

    • Best First Film - Lima IFF

    Credits

    Cast
    Luis Carlos Guevara
    Jamés Solís
    Andrés Murillo
    Screenplay
    Juan Andrés Arango
    Cinematography
    Nicolas Canniccioni
    Editing
    Felipe Guerrero
    Music
    Erick Bongcam
    Jacobo Vélez
    Ivan Benavides
    Flaco Flow et Melanina
    Choquibtown
    Jiggy Drama
    Sales
    DOC & FILM INTERNATIONAL
    Production
    BURNING BLUE
    Production
    SEPTIMA FILMS

    Press

    ...a quietly impressive first feature

    Screen Daily

    ...auspicious, tonsorially-themed debut

    Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter

    Closely-observed Colombian coming-of-ager introduces the latest bold directorial talent from Latin America

    Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter

    ...a minutely-observed peek into hardscrabble lives that pours intoxicatingly fresh aguardiente into a rather dusty old bottle

    Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter

    Juan Andrés Arango

    Juan Andrés Arango

    Colombia

    Juan Andrés Arango studied film at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and specialized in photography at the ESCAC in Barcelona. He directed the documentaries Los Vega and Dos fandangos, and Les papiersbruns, winner of the Arts Council Award in Quebec. His short films ELOISA Y LAS NIEVES AND COMMENT APPRENDRE A DIRE BONJOUR EN 10 ETAPES, won the Audience Award at the Laussane Shortfilm Festival.