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14 may. 2011

La universidad de Nueva York albergará el primer festival de cine colombiano

El Centro Rey Juan Carlos I de la Universidad de Nueva York será la sede de un festival que, durante cuatro días, mostrará los trabajos más recientes de la cinematografía colombiana.

"Colombia Zoom In", que se realizará gratis del 23 al 26 de mayo, mostrará cinco largometrajes e igual número de cortometrajes y un documental, que destacan la creatividad de los cineastas colombianos, señala un comunicado de prensa de los organizadores.

Desde que entró en vigencia la ley de cine en Colombia, aprobada en 2003, se han producido más de 10 películas cada año en el país, que han ganado premios en importantes festivales internacionales y han contado con el respaldo de público en las salas de cine.

Ese incremento en la producción de cintas obedece además a una nueva generación de cineastas colombianos que han estudiado tanto en EE.UU como universidades en Europa, impulsando así la industria cinematográfica nacional, añade el comunicado.

Este primer festival de cine colombiano fue propuesto por Laura Turégano, directora asociada del Centro.

"Tenemos tradición de hacer festivales de distintos países. Se han presentado películas de Venezuela, Perú, Chile, Argentina, España y siguiendo esa tradición, presentaremos ahora de Colombia. El próximo noviembre será el primer festival de cine de Uruguay", dijo Turégano a Efe.

La comisaria del festival es la colombiana Diana Vargas, que ha trabajado con el Centro para otros festivales y que además es la comisaria del reconocido Festival de Cine de La Habana en Nueva York, señaló.

"Quería mostrar variedad de géneros, propuestas y de directores, algunos más conocidos como el de 'La pasión de Gabriel'", Luis Alberto Restrepo, cuyo filme ya se ha mostrado en festivales en EE.UU, o nuevos como "Karen llora en un bus", dijo Vargas.

El festival, con películas en español y subtítulos en inglés, arranca con "Karen llora en un bus" ópera prima de Gabriel Rojas, que debutó este año en el Festival Internacional de Cine de Berlín y en la que su protagonista decide dejar a su marido, tras diez años de matrimonio para comenzar una vida independiente.

Ese día también se rendirá tributo al recientemente fenecido escritor y periodista colombiano Ricardo León Peña-Villa (1960-2011), conocido como "El Poeta" y quien residía en Nueva York.

"Le rendiremos homenaje con un cortometraje, de unos diez minutos, realizado en 2009. Era un personaje que nos dejó huérfanos", dijo Vargas sobre su compatriota, quien fue director de las revistas Casa tomada en Nueva York entre 2004 y 2006, y La ñ (1994-1997), así como codirector de la revista digital Redyaccion.com.

El filme mostrará además el documental "Mamá Chocó" (2010) de Diana Kuéllar y Andrés Giraldo, que expone el tema del conflicto armado y los desplazados en Colombia, que obtuvo los premios Unión Latina a Mejor Documental y Mejor Música Original en el Festival Internacional de Cine documental de Uruguay.

El filme cuenta la historia de una mujer, Paulina Rivas, madre de 26 hijos, que se vio obligada a irse de su pueblo, tras una masacre y establecerse en Cali. Rivas, que en su destierro sueña con volver a tener una casa en su pueblo Bojayá, lleva al público a un viaje imaginario a la región desolada por la guerra.

Mientras que "Los viajes del viento" de Ciro Guerra (2009) muestran al acordeonista Ignacio Carrillo, quien tras la muerte de su esposa decide no volver a tocar el instrumento y emprende un viaje por el noreste de Colombia para devolverlo a un anciano, mientras es seguido por un joven que quiere ser músico.

La lista de películas incluye "La pasión de Gabriel" así como la comedia "Chance" (2009), de Abner Benaim, una producción de Panamá-Colombia que muestra el mundo de las empleadas domésticas.

El festival mostrará también los cortos de nuevos talentos: "El corazón de la mancha" (2010) de Rubén Mendoza, "Magnolia" (2011) de Diana Montenegro y "Esto es un revólver" (2010) de Pablo González.

También el filme "Retratos en un mar de mentiras (2010) de Carlos Gaviria precedida por el corto de animación "El trompetista" (2011) de Miguel Rueda.

Los amantes del cine interesados en tener más detalles del primer festival de cine colombiano en la Universidad de Nueva York pueden acudir a www.nyu.edu/kjc.  




New York University’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center (KJCC) will present Colombia Zoom In, a four-day program with the most recent productions in Colombian cinema. A variety of formats including features, documentaries, animations and short films in genres such as comedy, thriller, drama, musicals will highlight the innovation and creativity of talented contemporary Colombian filmmakers. The festival runs at the KJCC auditorium from Monday, May 23 to Thursday, May 26, 2011. All films are in Spanish with English subtitles.
Since the launch of the cinema law, the film industry in Colombia has experienced a boom characterized by the production of more than 10 movies a year, invitations and awards from the most important international film festivals and a growing audience going to movie theaters. This rise in production is also due partially to a new whole generation of Colombian filmmakers who attended film schools in Colombia, the United States, and Europe.  A national cinema has slowly and surely started. A cinema which is as distinct as it is diverse.
Colombia Zoom In, a program coordinated by KJCC’s Associated Director Laura Turégano and curated by programmer Diana Vargas, opens on Monday, May 23, 7:00 p.m. with the New York premiere of Karen llora en un bus / Karen Cries in a Bus (Gabriel Rojas, 2011).  The movie, that made its world premiere at Berlin Film Festival, tells the story of Karen who has left her slimy but successful husband Mario after ten years of marriage. She needs a fresh start to find out who she is and who she could be. She walks out into Bogotá with no job, no friends, and hardly any money, but catches a break when she meets a hairdresser named Patricia. With her younger and seemingly stronger friend by her side, Karen takes her first steps towards independence and self-discovery. Zoom In will also pay tribute to “The Poe” Ricardo León Peña-Villa who passed away recently in New York City with the short documentary Portrait of Ricardo León Peña-Villa. A reception sponsored by Empanadas Café will follow.
The festival closes on Thursday, May 26, 7:00 p.m., with the presentation of Retratos en un mar de mentiras / Portraits in a Sea of Lies (Carlos Gaviria, 2010). Actress Paola Bandión, winner of Best Actress at Guadalajara Film Festival will be present for Q&A. After the death of their grandfather in a mudslide, Jairo, an itinerant photographer, and Marina, his young amnesic and mute cousin, decide to go back and try to recover the land from which she was displaced years ago. They travel from Bogotá to the Caribbean coast in an old beat-up Renault 4. During the trip the story of her traumatic past starts to unfold.
Colombia Zoom In is made possible with support from Colombian Film Institute, Latino Fusion, Film Movement, Apertura Films, MakingDocs.Org, Luis Alberto “Peto” Restrepo, Empanadas Café.
Here is the Columbia Zoom In Line-Up:
Monday, May 23 @ 7:00 p.m.
KAREN LLORA EN UN BUS / KAREN CRIES IN A BUS
Gabriel Rojas. 2011. Colombia. Fiction. 98 min.
After ten years living in a golden cage and devoting herself to her husband, Karen realizes what she has left behind. Sick of it all, she decides to leave-off. With her savings, she rents a room in downtown Bogota and tries to get a job, but her age and inexperience makes it impossible. Soon she has to decide between going back to her stable life and risking her new gained freedom or, for the first time, facing the cruelties of life on her own.  RECEPTION TO FOLLOW.  SPONSORED BY EMPANADAS CAFÉ.
Preceded by the short film Homage to “The Poe”  / Homenaje a El Poe (1961-2011)
RICARDO LEÓN PEÑA-VILLA / PORTRAIT OF RICARDO LEÓN PEÑA-VILLA
Sebastian Gutierrez. 2008. Colombia-U.S. Documentary. 8 min.
Homage to “The Poe”, Ricardo León Peña Villa, who died recently. Almost 20 years ago, a group of artists and community leaders began living in the dilapidated buildings of the Lower East Side of New York. Poet Ricardo Leon-Peña Villa was one of those called “squatters”.
Tuesday, May 24 @ 6:00 p.m. 
MAMÁ CHOCÓ - NY Premiere
Diana Kuellar – Andres Giraldo. 2010. Colombia. Documentary. 60 min.
Mamá Chocó is the fictional journey of a uprooted woman from Cali to the land she left. A permanent evocation of what was her home; a desire and struggle to regain a place worth living.  She had 26 children and almost a hundred grandchildren.  With songs and tales, in the streets of Aguablanca district, Mamá Chocó evokes her dear Chocó, a desolate and abandoned town because of the war.
 Tuesday, May 24 @ 7:15 p.m.
LOS VIAJES DEL VIENTO / THE WIND JOURNEYS  - NY Premiere
Ciro Guerra. 2009. Colombia. Fiction. 112 min.
For most of his life, Ignacio Carrillo traveled the villages of northern Colombia, playing traditional songs on his accordion, a legendary instrument said to have once belonged to the devil. After the traumatic death of his wife, he vows to never play the accursed accordion again, and embarks on one last journey to return the instrument to its rightful owner. On the way, Ignacio is followed by Fermín, a spirited teenager determined to become his apprentice. Ignacio will try to discourage Fermín but destiny has different plans for them.
 Wednesday, May 25 @ 6:00 p,m.
LA PASIÓN DE GABRIEL / GABRIEL’S PASSION
Luis Alberto Restrepo. 2009. Colombia. Fiction. 92 min.
An energetic young priest, Father Gabriel, tries to make a difference in the lives of his poor parishioners in the Colombian jungle. Pragmatism trumps tradition when Gabriel tries to engage both sides of the ongoing civil war, the army and the FARC guerillas.
 Wednesday May 25 @ 7:40 p.m.
CHANCE
Abner Benaim. 2009. Panama-Colombia. Fiction. 90 min.
Chance is a fun tropical comedy that takes place in the luxurious mansion of the Gonzalez-Dubois, an aristocratic Caribbean family, where Paquita and Toña are employed as domestic workers. Fed up with the abuse and lack of respect they get from their employers, Paquita and Toña decide to make justice on their own hands and kidnap the Gonzales Dubois’ in their own home. They will ask for a large ransom. What no one imagines is the great secret behind the family...
Thursday, May 26 @ 6:00 p.m.
NEW TALENTS, A SHOWCASE OF COLOMBIAN SHORTS
El corazón de la mancha by Rubén Mendoza. 2010. Colombia. Fiction. 23 min.
Magnolia by Diana Montenegro. 2011. Colombia. Fiction. 15 min.
Esto es un revólver by Pablo González. 2010. Colombia.  Fiction. 21 min.
Thursday May 26 @ 7:00 p.m.
RETRATOS EN UN MAR DE MENTIRAS / PORTRAIT IN A SEA OF LIES
Carlos Gaviria. 2010. Colombia. Fiction. 88 min.
Actress Paola Bandion present for q&A
After the death of their grandfather in a mudslide, Jairo, an itinerant photographer, and Marina, his young amnesic and mute cousin, decide to go back and try to recover the land from which she was displaced years ago. They travel from Bogotá to the Caribbean coast in an old beat-up Renault 4. During the trip the story of her traumatic past starts to unfold.
 Preceded by the short animation EL TROMPETISTA/ THE TRUMPETER
Miguel Rueda. 2011. Colombia-U.S. Animation. 6 min
The trumpeter is the story of a lonely musician with a lot of passion but lacking talent. He has not been successful and is what we call "a loser". Everything changes when our lonely loser meets a woman while riding the subway. He will discover that being a musician with no talent not only will save his life, but will conquer a beautiful woman's heart.
RECEPTION TO FOLLOW.  SPONSORED BY EMPANADAS CAFÉ.
Here are further details about Colombia Zoom in:
 When: Monday, May 23 to Thursday, May 26, 2011
Hours: Monday at 7:00 p.m., Tues-Thurs., from 6:00 p.m.
Where: King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center, NYU.
53 Washington Square South (btw. Sullivan and Thompson Streets)
Trains:  A, B, C, E, F, y M to West 4 and 1 to Christopher Street.
Price: Free
More Info at: www.nyu.edu/kjc
All films in Spanish with English Subtitles.
This Press Release is in the following Topics:
Events and Traditions, Around the Square
Type: Press Release
Press Contact: Robert Polner | (212) 998-2337

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