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Los Hongos

Óscar Ruiz Navia - 2014

Every night after work, Ras paints graffiti on walls around his neighborhood in Cali. During the day he’s a construction worker and the son of Maria, a sweet mulatto woman who migrated to the city from the Pacific jungle. One day Ras loses his job after getting caught stealing the cans of paint he’s been using to create a mural in the empty lot next to his house. Now unable to contribute any money to his mother’s household, he crosses the city in search of CALVIN, another graffiti artist and art school student who is going through a difficult period following his parents’ divorce and his grandmother’s battle with cancer. The boys wander off into the city, as if set on getting lost forever. Along the way, like a couple of mushrooms, they contaminate the lives of those they meet with enormous freedom, leaving their memories and desires behind on the walls they paint as they go.

Colombia / France / Argentina / Germany / Italy 

Netherlands / United States - 2014

Length: 103:00
Genre: Fiction
Language: Spanish 

Direction: Óscar Ruiz Navia

Script: Óscar Ruiz Navia y César Acevedo

Production: Contravía Films

                      Burning Blue (en liquidación)  

                      Arizona Films,                                 

                      Campo Cine 


Director of photography: Sofia Oggioni

Cast: Jovan Alexis Marquinez, Calvin Buenaventura, Atala Estrada


  • Locarno Film Festival, Special Jury Prize for Filmmakers of the Present and Nominee for the Pardo d’Oro for Filmmakers of the Present, Locarno, Switzerland. 2014 

  • Rotterdam International Film Festival, Winner of the Dioraphte Award, Rotterdam, Netherlands. 2015

  • Seville European Film Festival, Special Mention of the New Waves Award, Seville, Spain. 2014 

  • Tokyo International Film Festival, Nominee to the Tokyo Grand Prix, Tokyo, Japan. 2014 

  • Miami Film Festival, Nominee to the Knight Grand Jury Award for Best Film, Miami, United States. 2015

  • Mar del Plata Film Festival, Nominee for Best Latin-American Film, Mar del Plata, Argentina. 2014

  • Macondo Awards, Nominee for Best Film and Best Editing, Bogotá, Colombia. 2015


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