Magazine article Screen International

Sofia, la Playa D.C. among Hot Titles at Colombia's BAM

Magazine article Screen International

Sofia, la Playa D.C. among Hot Titles at Colombia's BAM

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The third edition of the Bogota Audiovisual Market (BAM) wrapped at weekend after presenting 56 Colombian projects in development and screening 13 films. Sofia And The Stubborn (Sofia Y El Terco, pictured), La Sirga and La Playa D.C. are among the titles that generated buzz.

Andrés Burgos Vallejo's debut feature Sofia And The Stubborn arrived in Bogota with good credentials after receiving the special jury prize at the Cartagena International Film Festival. The camera follows in the footsteps of an old lady (Spain's Carmen Maura) whose dream is to see the sea for the first time. Tired of hearing excuses from the husband who promised to take her many years ago but never does, she decides to hit the road alone, opening her horizons and leaving her husband lost amid domestic chores.

A co-production between Colombia, Mexico and France, La Sirga is the first feature by William Veja. The story follows Alice, a woman rising from her ashes who chooses La Sirga, a decadent hostel on the banks of a lake in the Andes, as a new place to settle down. She manages to escape the armed conflict in Colombia but the memories of the war still haunt her. The film was selected for Cannes Directors' Fortnight. …

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