The Dragon Defense
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    The Dragon Defense

    La defensa del dragón

    Directed by



    80 min

    • Spanish


    Samuel, Joaquín and Marcos, are three old friends living their lives in downtown Bogotá. They spend their days between Lasker – the legendary chess club, The Caribbean Casino, and La Normanda – a traditional coffee shop. Samuel, 53, is a professional chess player that lives of betting on small matches he knows he will win. His best friend is Joaquín, 65, an accomplished watch-maker who’s about to loose the workshop he inherited from his father. And then there’s Marcos, 72, a Spanish homeopath devoted to finding a formula to win poker matches. These three men have found shelter in the safety of their routines, avoiding to facing up to their failures. But a time comes when they are confronted by reality and causes them to stagger.


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    Gonzalo de Sagarminaga
    Hernan Mendez
    Manuel Navarro
    Natalia Santa
    Nicolas Ordoñez
    Ivan Herrera
    Juan Soto
    Gonzalo de Sagarminaga
    GALAXIA 311


    The Dragon’s Defense’s keen sense of how people can be moulded by their refreshingly original, and conveyed with real directorial panache.

    Lee Marshall, Screen Daily

    A solid story around a protagonist unable to take the reins of his own life.

    Juanma Ruiz, Caimán Cuadernos de Cine

    A fitfully amusing debut... With a spare, understated sense of humor that feels somewhat related to a Latin American version of the Kaurismaki brothers.

    Jay Weissberg, Variety

    Heavily influenced by Aki Kaurismaki’s films, playing with the coldness of its characters and the dialogues which are assumed as acts of conciseness and synthesis.

    Mónica Delgado, Desistfilm

    Wry, compassionate female perspective on some uncomfortably familiar midlife male traits.

    Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

    Natalia Santa

    Natalia Santa


    Natalia Santa was born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1977. She studied Literature and after graduating went into editorial media, working for the publishing house Alfaguara and Taurus in Colombia. She began screenwriting in 2002 with teen mini-series for television. Since then she has developed several audio-visual projects in which she has endeavored to explore the intimate universes of the characters portrayed. Her film LA DEFENSA DEL DRAGÓN was selected for the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes 2017.