Colombian Cinema Showcase

Presented by the Colombian Consulate General in Los Angeles and Agora Sessions at Laemmle Theater's Music Hall, November 21

By Marcela Gasanz
Published on LatinoLA: November 21, 2008

Colombian Cinema Showcase

The Colombian Consulate General in Los Angeles and Agora Sessions, proudly present their first edition of "The Colombian Cinema Showcase" to be held from Friday, November 21, through Tuesday, November 25th, 2008, at the renowned Laemmle Theater's Music Hall located at 9036 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

The admission is free to all screenings, and open to the public in a "first come, first serve" basis. All films will be presented in Spanish with English subtitles.

The opening reception for the event will take place on Thursday, November 20th at The Museum of Latin American Art (Molaa) located in Long Beach, CA, in which The Colombian movie "El Carro" directed by Luis Orjuela will be screened. This is a private event to be attended only by invitation.

This evening's program will also include a live on stage performance by the local Colombian musical group Palenke Soultribe, who recently were honored with the Best Dance Electronic Song award at the Independent Music Awards celebrated in New Jersey, NJ.

Starting October 31, there will be the option to reserve tickets in advance for this event by visiting www.colombiancinema.org

As well as for general information about tickets and schedule of screenings

The Colombian Cinema Showcase will feature more than fifteen productions created by some of the best and brightest Colombian filmmakers including feature films, shorts, music and much more. This event presents as a special feature, the internationally multiawarded film "Mar?a llena eres de gracia" (2004), directed by Joshua Marston.

Maria's story is impressively acted by Colombian-born Catalina Sandino Moreno who was named Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival, and nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress in the 77th Academy Awards. She is one of three Hispanic actresses to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.

The Colombian Consulate General in Los Angeles and the Colombian Department of Exterior Relations as part of their multiple efforts of the national government to diffuse, promote, and support Colombian's booming film industry found through the Colombian Cinema Showcase the right fit and ideal platform to foment the great potential the film industry offers as a sector investment in Colombia. These entities also support this event obviously moved by the full conviction and belief in the immense capabilities and potential of Colombian creative artists.

The Colombian Cinema Showcase is an international promotional vehicle created to serve Colombian filmmakers living in Colombia and abroad to expose their work in different latitudes around the world. This is an event entirely produced by Colombians, who are passionate about cinema, arts and music and believe that through film, diverse communities can be fully integrated.

The screening selection of the event is comprised by classic films as well as the most recent productions of Colombian cinematography. Films to be screened include:

* "La milagrosa" - The miraculous, 2008, directed by Rafa Lara

This feature will premiere at the Colombian Cinema Showcase 2008

* "El cielo" The sky, 2008, directed by Alessandro Basile

This feature will premiere at the Colombian Cinema Showcase 2008

* "Buscando a Miguel"- In a search for Miguel, 2008, directed by Juan Fischer

2008, Winner of an Audience Award at Sydney Latino Film Festival

2008, Chicago Latino Film Festival

2008, Havana Film Festival, New York

* "Mi abuelo, mi papa y yo" My grandfather, my father and me, 2006, directed by Dago Garcia and Juan Carlos Vasquez

* "La historia del baul rosado" History of a pink trunck, 2005 directed by Libia Stella Gomez

* "La sombra del caminante"- The walker's shadow, 2004, directed by Ciro Guerra

2004, Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival

2005, Toulouse Latin America Film Festival

2005, Jury Prize at Trieste Festival of Latin American Cinema

* "La pena m?xima"- The m?ximum penalty, 2001, directed by Jorge Echeverry

Silver Colon Award for Best Screenplay at Huelva Latin American Film Festival 2001.

Mesquite Award for Best Film in Spanish language at San Antonio Cine Festival 2002.

Nominated for Best Film at Valdivia International Film Festival 2002.

* "Mar?a llena eres de gracia"- Maria full of grace, 2004, directed by Joshua Marston

2005, Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, Catalina Sandino Moreno.

SAG Awards Nominated: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Catalina Sandino Moreno.

2004, Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival

* "Di?stole y S?stole"-Diastole and Systole , 2000, directed by Harold Trompetero

2001, Nominated for Best Film at Golden Precolombian Circle

2000, Audience Award at the Cartagena Film Festival

2000, Best Actor Award, Nicolas Montero, at Cartagena Film Festival

2000, Best Actress Award, Marcela Carvajal, at Cartagena Film Festival

* "Satanas", 2007,directed by Andres Baiz

2008, Ariel Awards, Mexico nominated for a Golden Ariel for Best Latin-American Film

2007, Bogota Film Festival won Golden Pre Columbian Circle for Best Colombian Film.
2008, Cartagena Film Festival won Colombian Cinema Award for Best Colombian Film, nominated Golden India Catalina for Best Film.

2007, Huelva Latin American Film Festival nominated for a Golden Colon.

2008, Lima Latin American Film Festival won a 2nd place Audience Award.
2007, San Sebasti?n International Film Festival won Horizons Award - Special Mention Marcela Mar For the excellent performance.

* "Juana ten?a el pelo de oro" 2007, directed by Luis Fernando Bottia

* "Entre sabanas", 2008, directed by Gustavo Nieto Roa

* "La primera noche" 2003, directed by Luis Alberto Restrepo

2003, Bogota Film Festival, nominated for a Golden Precolumbian Circle for Best Film .

2003, Cartagena Film Festival won Golden India Catalina for Best Actor, John ?lex Toro; Best Cinematography , Sergio Garc?a ;Best First Work, Luis Alberto Restrepo ; and a OCLACC Award . Also, nominated for a Golden India Catalina for Best Film.
2003, Mar del Plata Film Festival won a Roberto Tato Miller Award .

2004, Miami Latin Film Festival won Golden Egret Best Film Luis Alberto Restrepo.
2003, Toulouse Latin America Film Festival 2003 won a Rail d'Oc award.

* "Dios los junta y ellos se separan" God unites them and they get divorced, 2006 directed by Jairo Eduardo Carrillo and Harold Trompetero

* "Muertos del susto"- Scared to death, 2007 directed by Harold Trompetero

* "Perro come perro" Dog eats dog, 2008 directed by Carlos Moreno

2008, Gramado Film Festival won Golden Kikito Award for:
Latin Film Competition Won Best Actor (Featured film in 35mm, Latinos Best Actor: Marlon Moreno, ?scar Borda.
Latin Film Competition Won Best Cinematography (Longa Metragem em 35mm, Latinos Best photography: Juan Carlos Gil.
Latin Film Competiton Won Best Director (Longa Metragem em 35mm, Latinos Best Director: Carlos Moreno.
Kikito Critics Prize: Carlos Moreno.
2008, Guadalajara Mexican Film Festival, won Mayahuel Award for Best Actor , Marlon Moreno.
2008, Lima Latin American Film Festival, got Best First Work for Carlos Moreno.
Sundance Film Festival, Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize: World Cinema Dramatic: Carlos Moreno.

* "Te amo Ana Elisa" I love Ana Elisa, 2008 directed by Robinson Diaz and Antonio Dorado

* "El carro" The car, 2003, directed by Luis Orjuela

This is a link where you can find more information to all movies to be screened.

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