The Squad

The Squad  {El paramo}
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The Squad
El paramo
Colombia, 2011, 90 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Argentina, Spain
Topics: Action/Adventure, Horror, Horror, Latino, Thriller, War
Program: World Cinema
Language: Spanish English Sub-Titles

Ramos, the leader of a commando squad fighting guerrillas in the fog of the Colombian Andes, struggles to maintain control of his men. When they reach an outpost in enemy territory they find signs of a bloody massacre, but the equipment has been left intact and there are only a few dead bodies. There are signs of witchcraft, and order breaks down within the squad as Cortez, a strong-willed and fiery lieutenant, challenges Ramos’ authority. Unexplained shootings create an atmosphere of tension and paranoia, and it becomes impossible to distinguish the soldiers’ own madness from the suspicion that a supernatural force is targeting them. In his striking, stylish, and terrifying debut feature, Jaime Osorio Márquez deftly and organically weaves the realities of racial tension and mistrust of indigenous cultures into a rich tapestry of vivid characters under intense pressure. Cinematographer Alejandro Moreno takes full advantage of the foggy location to heighten the sense of men completely losing their bearings. Featuring outstanding performances by Alejandro Aguilar as Cortez and Juan Pablo Barragan as the childlike Ponce in a fantastic ensemble cast.

Director Jaime Osorio Marquez and Producer Federico Durán are expected to attend both screenings.

DIRECTOR: Jaime Osorio
Producer: Federico Duran
Editor: Sebastian Hernandez, Felipe Guerrero
Screenwriter: Jaime OsorioMarquez, Diego Vivanco
Cinematographer: Alejandro Moreno
Music: Ruy Folguera
Principal Cast: Juan David Restrepo, Alejandro Aguilar, Juan Pablo Barragan, Andres Castaneda, Mateo Stevel, Daniela Catz, Nelson Camayo
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Wild Bunch -

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