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Cartagena, 2014

To Kill a Man
"To Kill a Man" (Alejandro Fernandez Almendras)

One of the oldest, largest and most welcoming film festivals, Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias, took place in its titular location between 13th and 19th of March. The 54th edition of the celebrated event took place amidst beautiful, sunny weather, enthusiastic audiences and multiple filmmakers (both established and upcoming) who graced the city with their presence. Amongst the guests were Abbas Kiarostami, John Sayles, Paweł Pawlikowski, Clive Owen and many others. The city itself, once used by Gillo Pontecorvo as a location for his politically charged Marlon Brando vehicle Burn! (1968) turned into a paradise for film lovers.

Overall,  the festival presented more than 300 titles, both from South America and from all over the world. The main sections were the Official Dramatic Competition (won by Dust on the Tongue from Colombia, directed by Rubén Mendoza), Official Colombian Competition (won by Marmato, a Colombian-American coproduction, directed by Mark Grieco), Official Documentary Competition (also won by Marmato), as well as a number of additional sections, such as Short Film Competition (won by Estatuas from Mexico, by Roberto Fiesco) and retrospective sections of John Sayles, Abbas Kiarostami and Paweł Pawlikowski (who also served as a juror for the Official Dramatic Competition). The FIPRESCI award was awarded to To Kill a Man (Chile/France, directed by Alejandro Fernadez Almendras).

The festival also included a number of workshops devoted to film criticism and film production, as well as meetings and Q&A sessions with the filmmakers in all competitions, as well as the ones serving as jurors.

Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias (Cartagena, Colombia, March 13-19, 2014). Jury members: Carlos F. Heredero, Spain, president ("Caiman Cuadernos de Cine", Spain), Michał Oleszczyk, Poland ("Kino", ""), Hiroaki Saito, Japan (multiple Japanese outlets). FIPRESCI Prize: To Kill a Man (Matar a un hombre) by Alejandro Fernandez Almendras (Chile/Fance, 2014, shown in the "Official Dramatic Competition" section, 82min). Motivation: "A masterclass in cinematic storytelling, the film focuses on a deeply anguished and vulnerable character, who yet finds the strength in himself to fight the evil threatening his family, even if it means becoming evil himself. Deeply humane, perfectly executed and gripping film from a major new filmmaker." Print Source: Film Movement (109 W 27th St, Ste 9B, New York, NY 10001, USA), Phn: +1 212 941 7744, Fax: +1 212 941 7812, e-mail:, web:


On Roots and Silences. A ghost is haunting Latin America. And it's not violence, poverty, guerrilla warfare, or even the struggle of the humble people to salvage the dignity that the powerful forever wrest away from them, today as always. It's the spectre of the void created by rootlessness, by the perplexity caused by looking at oneself and not really finding oneself; by the opacity of one's own being. Carlos F. Heredero's report. arrow.
Daydream in a Beautiful Town. Just like the sunlight reflecting a number of colors in the beautiful Caribbean city in which the festival took place, the films taking part in the official drama competition of 54th International Cartagena Film Festival each radiated its own color. Hiroaki Saito's impressions. arrow.
No Father in Sight. Despite its gorgeous setting and infinite good cheer of its organizers, this year's Cartagena film festival didn't shy away from bleak visions of the world, in which violence, dread and class inequality reigned supreme. Michał Oleszczyk's report. arrow.



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