Los Hongos

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Los Hongos

Directed by Oscar Ruiz Navia

  • Argentina, Colombia, France, Germany 2014; 103 min
  • Original version: Spanish
  • Genre: Drama
    • Special Prize from Ciné+ Jury (Filmmakers of the Present) - Locarno FF
    • Special Mention - Seville European FF
    • Opera Prima ExAequo - REC Tarragona IFF

Synopsis

Every night after construction work, Ras, son of Maria, who migrated to the city from the Pacific Jungle makes graffiti on different walls of his neighborhood in the east of Cali. Ras hasn't slept and is starting to daydream. Maria worries that someone has bewitched him and he will end up insane. One day Ras loses his job because he stole cans of paint with which he has been doing a huge mural on the lot next to his house. He crosses the city looking for Calvin, another young graffiti artist and together they go aimlessly through the city, like those who want to get lost and never return.

Director's Statement

LOS HONGOS is linked to my life in Cali, the mid-sized city in southwestern Colombia where I was born, grew up, studied and fell in love with film. I spent some time away, but following the illness and subsequent death of my grandmother, I decided to return. I tried to make a film that mixes my memories with new experiences, places I’m familiar with and those unknown to me, people who have been with me throughout my life and those I met for the first time during this experience. Working in that limbo between what I can control and something I have absolutely no control over, with all the difficulty this implies, all of which I find deeply fascinating. This is not a hedonistic film. On the contrary, the project arose out of pain.

Production

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