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Colombia, 2013, 98 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Argentina
US Premiere
Topics: Drama, History, Latino, Political
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: Spanish English Sub-Titles

"Roa" delves into one of the great unsolved mysteries of Colombian history – the assassination of populist leader Jorge Eliécer Gaitán in 1948. The film centers on Juan Roa Sierra, the presumptive murderer. Andrés Baiz ("Satanás", "The Hidden Face)" paints a fascinating portrait of a complex character: a loving family man with a confused sense of reality and a burning aspiration to achieve greatness, who believes he’s the reincarnation of a famous Colombian general. Feeling slighted after a meeting with Gaitán, "Roa" starts plotting his murder; by the time he changes his mind things have already gone too far…

This lovingly crafted period piece opened the most recent Cartagena Film Festival. It weaves a skillful tapestry of historical fact and creative speculation; the film’s re-creation of 1940s Bogotà is both stylish and precise. Mauricio Puente, a virtual unknown, turns in a spectacularly layered and authentic performance in the challenging lead role, conveying the complex psychology behind his character’s madness.

Filmmaker(s) attending: Director

DIRECTOR: Andrés Baiz
Producer: Andrés Calderón, Michel Ruben, Alejandro Cacetta
Editor: Alejandro Carillo Penovi
Screenwriter: Andrés Baiz, Patricia Castañeda
Cinematographer: Guillermo Nieto
Music: Ivån Wyzogrod
Principal Cast: Mauricio Puentes, Catalina Sandino, Santiago Rodríguez, César Bordón, José Luis Garcia Campos, John Alex Toro
Filmography: The Hidden Face (2011)
Santanas (2007)

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