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Opening night film premiere, El Cuerno de la Abundancia (Horn of Plenty), a comedy by award winning Cuban filmmaker Juan Carlos Tabío and reception at The Directors Guild Theatre

50 years of the Development of Cuban Cinema
• Retrospective of Cuban master, Santiago Alvarez’ bold and unexpected images.
• Remembering Humberto Solas (1941-2008): Legendary filmmaker whose works encompassed key moments in Cuban and Latin American history
• Showcase of works by young Cuban filmmakers

Recent Puerto Rican Cinema: films by leading directors, Jacobo Morales, Raul Marchand, Edmundo Rodriguez, and Lilian Rosado

Stranger than Fiction:  A Tribute to award-winning Colombian director, Luis Ospina

Nuevas Miradas, New Views: the latest films produced by graduate students from the International School of Film and TV (EICTV), San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba

A selection of compelling documentaries

Premieres of award-winning films from the Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano that takes place each December in Havana

Special programming for children at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Educational programs including panel discussions, workshops, and Q&A sessions with filmmakers

Events with Filmmakers

Receptions and parties with Latin American delegates

Soplo de vida / Breath of life
Soplo de vida

Dir. Luis Ospina

Colombia. 1999. 35 mm. DV cam. Thriller.110 min.
NY Premiere

Awards: Best Film and Director Cartagena Film Festival; Best Flm Bogota Film Festival

QUAD CINEMA 4/21 @ 5 pm
Soplo de vida
  • English
  • Spanish

A Colombian film noir. The story revolves around a young woman, Golondrina, murdered in a cheap hotel in Bogotá. By chance, an ex-cop, Emerson, becomes the private investigator of the crime. Without knowing the true identity of the victim, he reconstructs, in the course of his investigation, fragments of her life. He discovers that she was sentimentally involved with several men: a defeated boxer, a blind lottery salesman, a cowardly bullfighter, and a corrupt politician. What begins as a casual investigation of a crime of passion ends up involving the private eye when he discovers that he, also, was part of the victim’s life.

Una película de cine negro colombiana. El relato gira en torno al asesinato de una joven conocida como Golondrina, en un sórdido hotel del centro de Bogotá. Por razones del destino, un ex-policía, Emerson, se convierte en el investigador del crimen. Sin conocer la verdadera identidad de la víctima, reconstruye en el curso de su investigación, fragmentos de la vida de la muchacha. Descubre, paso a paso, que ésta joven misteriosa tuvo relaciones con varios hombres: un boxeador fracasado, un vendedor ciego de lotería, un torero cobarde, y un político corrupto, con vínculos con grupos paramilitares. Lo que comienza como una simple investigación de un crimen pasional termina por convertirse en una trama en la cual hasta el propio detective-narrador también hace parte de la vida de la víctima.

 

Dir. Luis Ospina

  • English
  • Spanish

Colombian director, editor, screenwriter, and producer, Ospina was born in Cali in 1949. He was part of the Cali Group, which included Carlos Mayolo and Andres Caicedo, who in the seventies founded the Cine Club de Cali and the film magazine Ojo al cine. He has directed two feature-length fiction films: Pure Blood and Breath of Life and has made over 30 short films and documentaries. These include Tthe Vampires of Poverty (co-directed by Carlos Mayolo), a critique of “poverty-porn” and The Supreme Uneasiness: Incessant Portrait of Fernando Vallejo, a documentary about the controversial Colombian author. Ospina has also been a film critic for several publications, including Ojo al cine, El malpensante and Kinetoscopio. Author of the book Palabras al viento, mis sobras completas (2007), an anthology of his writings on film. His most recent film, A Paper Tiger, a mixture of fiction and documentary, has won awards in Miami, Toulouse, Lima, Quito and Havana. Ospina’s films have received awards at the international film festivals of Oberhausen, Cadiz, Toulouse, Bilbao, Sitges, Havana, Biarritz, Miami, Caracas, Bogota and Cartagena.

Director Colombiano, editor, guionista y productor nacido en Cali en 1949. Formó parte del Grupo de Cali, que incluía a Carlos Mayolo y Andrés Caicedo, y que, en la década de los setenta, fundó el Cine Club de Cali y la revista Ojo al cine. Ha dirigido dos largometrajes de ficción: Pura Sangre y El soplo de vida y ha realizado más de 30 cortometrajes y documentales. Estos incluyen Agarrando pueblo (co-dirigida por Carlos Mayolo, 1978), una crítica a la "porno-miseria" del cine y La Desazón suprema: retrato incesante de Fernando Vallejo, un documental sobre el controvesial autor colombiano. Ospina también ha sido un crítico de cine para varias publicaciones, entre ellas Ojo al cine, El Malpensante y Kinetoscopio. Autor del libro Palabras al viento, mis sobras completas, una antología de sus escritos sobre cine. Su más reciente película, Un tigre de papel (mezcla de ficción y documenta), ha ganado premios en Miami, Toulouse, Lima, Quito y La Habana. Las películas de Ospina han recibido premios en los festivales internacionales de Oberhausen, Cadiz, Toulouse , Bilbao, Sitges, La Habana, Biarritz, Miami, Caracas, Bogotá y Cartagena.