Colombian Films in Berlin and Sundance

Pantalla Colombia No.: 126
diciembre 01 - 31 / 2023

Igualada is set to compete at the 44th Sundance Film Festival from January 18 to 28. Meanwhile, Yo vi tres luces negras (I Saw Three Black Lights), a Film Development Fund (FDC) recipient for Feature Film Production, will be showcased at the 74th Berlin International Film Festival from February 15 to 25.


Igualada, a documentary produced by Human Pictures, represents Colombia as the sole entry in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival, the most important independent film event in the United States.
In the documentary, Francia Márquez, a rural black Colombian activist, challenges the status quo with a presidential campaign that reclaims the term "Igualada" (a pejorative word used to describe someone who acts as if they deserve rights and privileges that they allegedly do not deserve) and inspires an entire nation to dream. As Marquez's candidacy gains momentum and her popularity grows, so do the attacks against her. And while these attacks' misogyny, racism, and elitism hurt her, she refuses to conform to the traditional mold of a political candidate.
Igualada is directed by Juan Mejía Botero and produced by him together with Juan E. Yepes, Daniela Alatorre, and Sonia Serna; with associate production by Eliana Carrillo; executive production by Marco Williams, Paola Mendoza, Felipe Estefan, and Juan Pablo Ruiz; editing by Andrea Chignoli; music by Richard Córdoba, and cinematography by Gómez, among others. The film received support from Luminate, the Sundance Institute, the Perspective Fund, and the Open Society Foundations. 
In addition, the Berlin International Film Festival, popularly known as Berlinale, will showcase Yo vi tres luces negras as the only Colombian production competing in the Panorama section. This segment explicitly focuses on queer, feminist, or political cinema while aiming for boundary-pushing, unconventional narratives.
Yo vi tres luces negras follows José de Los Santos, who, since childhood, has mastered funeral rituals and possesses the gift of easing the souls of the departed. One day, feeling that his death is near, he ventures into the jungle, defying the curfew imposed by armed groups fighting over the territory. He must survive the guns and die in peace, avoiding joining the souls wandering through the jungle, victims of decades of violence.

The film, a beneficiary of the Film Development Fund (FDC) incentive (2021) in the Feature Film Production category, also received the post-production incentive from the Swiss Visions Sud Est fund and the French post-production incentive Aide Aux Cinémas du Monde. The film also won the Development Award of the National Center of Cinema and Animated Image (CNC) as the best project at the Cannes Film Festival's Cinefondation Residence (2018). It was a beneficiary of Bordeaux's Nouvelle-Aquitaine Regional Fund, of the Ibermedia Program's co-production aid, and Mexico's Fiscal Stimulus to the Film Industry (EFICINE).
The film was produced by Contravía Films, in co-production with Mexico's Malacosa Cine, Germany's Autentika Films, France's Dublin Films, and Colombia's Bárbara Films. It was directed and scripted by Santiago Lozano, produced by Óscar Ruiz Navia  (El vuelco del cangrejo / Crab Trap) and y Ana María Ruiz Navia (Fait vivir), with the support of the Universidad Autónoma de Occidente de Cali and the Aguaclara Community Council.

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