LA PLAYA

By Juan ARANGO

BURNING BLUE - as PROD

Drama - Completed 2012

Tomas, a black teenager forced by the war to flee Colombia’s Pacific Coast, tries to make his way in racist Bogotá. Through a desperate search to find his youngest brother, Tomas will begin an initiatic journey in the streets of the city.

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& Awards

Festival de Cannes 2012
Un Certain Regard
San Sebastian FF 2012
Horizontes Latinos
Chicago IFF 2012
New Directors Competition
    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • COLOMBIA, BRAZIL, FRANCE
    • Languages
    • SPANISH
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Juan ARANGO
    • Producer(s)
    • Diana BUSTAMANTE (Burning Blue), Jorge BOTERO (Septima Films), Thierry LANOUBEL (Cine Sud), Vania CATANIA (Bananeira filmes)
    • Synopsis
    • 2,600 meters above sea level, La Playa (The Beach) is very far from Bogotá; at least for Tomas, an Afro-Colombian teenager who fled Colombia’s Pacific coast eight years ago, pushed out by the war. Now, age 16, he faces the difficulties of growing up in a city of exclusion and racism. Tomas begins his maiden voyage after being pushed out of Ayda, his mother’s, home following a fight with his stepfather, who tired of the drug problem of Tomas’ younger brother Jairo, has barred the boy from entering the house. Tomas sets out to find Jairo, searching the streets where his brother usually hangs out. Failing to find Jairo, Tomas decides to camp out on a hillside near his house, which seems suited to his needs, on the border between the rural and urban worlds, a peaceful place where he can remember his childhood by the sea with his father and his two brothers. Once on the streets, Tomas, who has lived a rather tethered life up until then due to his mother’s fears, must look for work at “La Playa”, a dangerous black neighborhood where young men struggle to earn a living by tuning cars. Tomas spends a portion of each day on the streets, looking for Jairo and drawing, like a map, everything he comes across in what seems to him an amazing city.
    • Partners & financing
    • Setpima Films (Colombia)
      Bananeira Filmes (Brazil)
      Cine Sud Promotion (
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