Filmmaker Carlos Moreno in attendance
Carlos Moreno follows his powerful debut Dog Eat Dog (which premiered in 2008 at Sundance) with this scathing satire about impunity in Colombia. After discovering of a pile of dead bodies, a naive farmer—ironically named Salvador—becomes ensnared in a sinister plot of corrupt politicians, abusive police, and worthless bureaucrats. Salvador’s simple reporting of the dead bodies draws him into an absurd and frightening waiting game as the mayor figures out how to handle the situation before Election Day. Using humor that is both dark and bitingly brutal, and supported by Diego Jiménez’s excellent cinematography (for which he won the 2011 World Cinema Cinematography Award at Sundance), Moreno keeps us absorbed by mixing realistic symbols of the violence that is always in the air with disturbingly surrealistic moments. Beckett meets magical realism in this intriguing allegory that speaks to the essence of contemporary Colombia.
Carlos Moreno has a degree in social communications and a master’s degree in audiovisual narrative from Barcelona’s Universidad Autonoma. His first feature film, Dog Eat Dog, premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and participated in more than forty festivals, receiving seventeen international awards in addition to five Colombian film awards. It was nominated at the Goya Awards in Spain and Ariel Awards in Mexico, and was selected by the National Council of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Colombia as the Colombian entry for the 2009 Oscars. Carlos also co-directed the documentary One, the Story of a Goal, which tells the story of the Salvadorian soccer team’s performance at the 1982 World Cup in Spain. He has also directed several episodes for TV series such as Sin retorno and Tiempo final y sikis, and recently finished filming the movie Snitches Cartel. He is currently preparing to shoot Black Waters in Mexico.
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