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Top Five Films That Defined Colombian Cinema

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These five Colombian films represent the diversity and depth of the country’s cinematic landscape. Credit: Collage/Colombia One

Colombia, with its rich culture, breathtaking landscapes, and captivating stories, has produced an array of remarkable films that have left an indelible mark on the world of cinema. From poignant dramas to thought-provoking documentaries, Colombian filmmakers have consistently showcased their creativity and storytelling prowess. Let’s embark on a cinematic journey to discover the five best Colombian movies of all time.

1. “The Strategy of the Snail” (La Estrategia del Caracol) – 1993

Directed by Sergio Cabrera, “The Strategy of the Snail” is a cult classic that blends humor and social commentary seamlessly. The film tells the tale of a group of tenants who conspire to thwart their unscrupulous landlord’s eviction plans by moving an entire house to a new location. This charming and witty production offers a unique perspective on Colombian society and its struggles.

2. “Embrace of the Serpent” (El abrazo de la serpiente) – 2015

Directed by Ciro Guerra, “Embrace of the Serpent” is a visually stunning masterpiece that explores the Amazon rainforest through the eyes of two explorers, decades apart. The film delves into the complexities of indigenous cultures, the devastating impact of colonization, and the spiritual connection between humans and nature. It was the first Colombian film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

3. “Perro come perro” (Dog Eat Dog) – 2008

Directed by Carlos Moreno and featuring Marlon Moreno and Oscar Borda, “Perro come perro” is a gritty crime thriller that delves into the violent world of hitmen in Colombia. The film’s raw and unflinching portrayal of crime and desperation earned critical acclaim and showcased the dark underbelly of Colombian society.

4. “The Rose Seller” (La vendedora de rosas) – 1998

Directed by Victor Gaviria, “The Rose Seller” is a powerful and heartbreaking film that revolves around Monica, a 13-year-old girl who sells roses at traffic lights in Medellin. The movie provides a poignant glimpse into the harsh realities faced by street children in Colombia, combining raw performances and compelling storytelling.

5. “Maria Full of Grace” – 2004

While “Maria Full of Grace” is primarily directed by an American screenwriter, Joshua Marston, it is a Colombian film in both spirit and substance. The movie follows the harrowing journey of a young Colombian woman, Maria, who becomes a drug mule to escape poverty. Through Maria’s eyes, the film explores the perilous world of drug trafficking and its impact on individuals and communities.

These five Colombian films represent the diversity and depth of the country’s cinematic landscape. They have not only garnered critical acclaim but have also touched the hearts of audiences worldwide, earning their rightful place among the best in Colombian cinema. Whether through humor, drama, or profound storytelling, these films offer a window into Colombia’s history and culture, and into the human experience as a whole.


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