Berlinale

Los Hongos

Synopsis
Every night after work, Roberto goes out to graffiti different walls around his neighbourhood in East Cali. During the day he works as a construction worker and is the son of Maria, a sweet woman who migrated from the tropical Pacific coastline to the city. Roberto won’t sleep and starts daydreaming. This behaviour causes Maria to suffer as she thinks her son is possessed and will end up mentally insane. One day, Roberto is fired for stealing several paint cans that he uses to spray a big mural on his house. His neighbours are tired of his works and think that he has bad manners and poor judgement. With no money to support his mother he wanders around the city looking for Eduardo, another young graffiti artist, who studies art and is in a difficult situation due to the disintegration of his family and his grandmother having cancer. The young men meander aimlessly around town and like two mush rooms they contaminate their surroundings, this time with immense liberty.

Director’s note
Los Hongos is a film that mixes memories and desires, fiction and reality. It portrays two teenagers as they drift through the days and nights in the tropical city of Cali, eager to cover the walls of their hometown with huge graffitis and mural paintings.


World premiere
Locarno International Film Festival 2014, Concorso Cineasti del presente

Key festivals and awards
Special Jury Prize, Locarno International Film Festival 2014
Hubert Bals Fund Lions Film Award, Rotterdam International Film Festival 2014
Toronto International Film Festival 2014
Tokyo International Film Festival 2014
Vienna International Film Festival 2014
Mar del Plata International Film Festival 2014
Torino International Film Festival 2014
Dioraphte Award, Rotterdam International Film Festival 2015

Colombia 2014
Director: Oscar Ruiz Navia
Producers: Burning Blue & Contravia Films (Colombia), unafilm (Germany), Arizona Films (France), Campo Cine (Argentina)
German WCF partner: unafilm
World sales: FiGa Films (USA)

Funded in the WCF Jury meeting in November 2013
Funding amount: 30.000 €