Maria Gamboa | Fiction, Drama

2014 | 86 minutes | Colombia, France

Mateo agrees to infiltrate a local theatre group to reveal its members’ political activities. Enthralled with the troupe's lifestyle, he's under pressure to incriminate the actors.


Sixteen-year-old Mateo collects extortion money on behalf of his uncle and uses his pay to help out his mother, who grudgingly accepts the ill-gotten money out of need. They live by themselves in the poor, violent neighborhoods alongside the Magdalena River valley in Colombia.

To prove his worth, Mateo agrees to infiltrate a local theatre group in order to uncover its members’ political activities. As he becomes enthralled with the free-flowing creative lifestyle of the troupe, his uncle escalates demands on him to produce incriminating information on the actors. Under pressure, Mateo must make difficult choices.


"It has the virtue of subtly addressing the moral dilemmas that millions of Colombians face every day. Although the threat of illegality is always present, the director, María Gamboa, privileges human experiences over the hype of violence." - Mauricio Reina, El Tiempo

Main credits

Gamboa, María (film director)
Gamboa, María (screenwriter)
García, Daniel (film producer)
Hernández, Carlos (actor)
Botero, Felipe (actor)
Niño, Leidy (actor)

Other credits

Cinematography, Diego Jiménez; editing, Gustavo Vasco; music, Marc Huri, Camilo Zanabria.

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Representative of Colombia for the Oscars; Miami Film Festival – Best First Feature, Best Screenplay; FICCI Cartagena International Film Festival - Competition Special Mention FIPRESCI Jury & Special Jury; Austin’s Cine Las Americas – Best Feature Film; Giffoni Film Festival – Generator 16 Best Feature Film; Providence Latin American Film Festival – Best Film, Best Actress, Best Cinematography; Giffoni Film Festival; Festival des Films du Monde Montreal; Sydney Latin American Film Festival; AFI Latin American Film Festival; Salé Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Maria Gamboa

NATIONALITY: Colombia, France

YEAR: 2014

GENRE: Fiction, Drama


COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: High School, College, Adult



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