Andrés RAMÍREZ PULIDO France, Colombia 86 mins PG13 (Some Drug References and Coarse Language) Southeast Asian Premiere
A potent, visceral debut on generational violence that heads towards uneasy ends.
In the far-flung tropics, an experimental reformatory centre keeps young offenders in check via strenuous manual labour, group therapy, incantation exercises and heavy chains. Incarcerated over an erroneous murder of a gang member, Eliu carries out punishing tasks quietly until his accomplice, El Mono, is transferred to the same site. The provocative presence of the recalcitrant El Mono supercharges the atmosphere as unanswered questions about the victim’s body and a vengeful gang family loom over the boys.
Building upon the social realities of Colombia’s streets, the masterful drama situates a young generation in a grim world of inherited violence with a touch of the dystopian and otherworldly.
Andrés RAMÍREZ PULIDO
Andrés RAMÍREZ PULIDO is a Colombian director and producer. His short films include El Edén (2016), which premiered at the Berlinale and won the Grand Prix at Busan, and Damiana (2017), which competed at Cannes. La Jauría, his feature debut, took the Grand Prize at Cannes Critics’ Week.