Colors of the Mountain

Sunday, April 15, 2012 - 13:00
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 12:30
Vancity Theatre
1181 SEYMOUR STREET (Sunday Screening)
Pacific Cinémathèque
1131 HOWE ST (Tuesday Screening)
$8 adult; $6 child, youth, senior; $5 each for groups of 10 or more
Carlos César Arbeláez

Original title: Los colores de la montaña
Young Manuel lives with his hard-working farmer parents in the remote, mountainous region of the Colombian countryside. While the adults in their lives try to avoid both the armed military and the guerrilla rebels fighting each other, Manuel and his friend Julián are obsessed with playing soccer any chance they get. Shortly after his birthday, the new ball Manuel received as a gift gets kicked into a minefield, and he, Julián, and their albino friend Poca Luz, will do anything to recover their prized belonging—an essential part of everyday lives and dreams. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Winner of the Edith Lando Peace Prize.

Themes: family relationships, generosity, children in armed conflict, effects of civil war and violence on families, and resourcefulness.

Recommended for grades 6-10/ ages 12+


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Carlos Cesar Arbelaez
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Carlos César Arbeláez is a director from Antioquia, Colombia, and has directed more than a dozen documentaries for television. His first narrative short, La Edad del Hielo (Ice Age) came in second for the Sky Television National Cinema Prize at the Cinema and Television Festival in Cartagena in 2000 and was broadcast throughout Latin America. In 2005 he won the prize "Ciudad de Medellín" (Medellín City) for Best Unpublished Narrative Script. His second short, La Serenata (The Serendade) (super 16 mm), won the competition organized by the Culture Ministry's Cinema Development Fund in 2005. In 2007 he won a scholarship from City of Medellín, to project development, "Los Ojos de la Paloma" (the Eyes of the Dove) fiction feature film. Los Colores de la Montaña (The Colors of the Mountain) is his feature film debut.