OFFICIAL SELECTION / INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION   FIDMARSEILLE 2013

world premiere / first film competition

   

MAMBO COOL

 

Chris GUDE

 

 

COLOMBIA
2013
Colour
HD
62’

Original version
Spanish
Subtitles
English
Music
David Oquendo
Image
José Ignacio Pardo
Sound
Luis Fernando Buitrago, Neil Benezra
Editing
Mauricio Leiva Cock
Casting
Jorge Gaviria, Hernán Padilla, Nelson María Betancur, Sergio Castrillón, John Mario Restrepo, Alberto Adolfo Herrera, María Julima Pérez, Adriana Janeth López, Efraín Blandón

Production
La Pesebrera

White powder, dealers and poseur women in a shady city you hardly get a glimpse of. Not to forget a man who introduces himself as a warrior talking to spirits. All the ingredients are set, the deceit is disclosed right from the start. In this first film showing great skill, Chris Gude’s bold bet is to take the opposite view of naturalism. Indeed, meagre plots are collected in bare settings, marked out by fixed frames with very straight lines, pure colours and almost monochromatic shots. An amazing, almost threatening quietness prevails, only reinforced by the serene voices, hieratic bodies and stylised actions, which give each meeting and each dialogue the obviousness of necessity. In that small world, meet Mascara, a warrior who has come down from his Columbian mountains, and his friend Primo. The two hieratic figures seem to be waiting. In the nooks and crannies of a claustrophobic city, whose hustle and bustle can be heard from afar, an unexpected body trade is taking place, with a 32-year-old prostitute claiming to be a virgin, alleged clients quite simply offering massages, and the story of a friendship between a man and a gorilla. Did this small theatre of waiting fall down to the world of the dead? We know nothing for sure, except that this world goes by the melancholic and nagging rhythm of mambo. (Jean-Pierre Rehm)

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