La Playa DC

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“The latest bold directorial talent from Latin America.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Tomás, an Afro-Colombian teenager who fled the country’s violence-ravaged Pacific coast, faces the difficulties of growing up in Bogota, a city of exclusion and racism. When Jairo, his younger brother disappears, Tomás is compelled to leave his home to look for him. With the help from his older brother Chaco, Tomás plunges in the streets of the city. His search becomes an initiatory journey that forces him to face his past and leave aside the influence of his brothers in order to find his own identity. Through this journey, Tomás reveals a unique perspective of a vibrant and unstable city that, like Tomàs, stands on the threshold between what once was and what might be.
With a stomping hip-hop soundtrack, La Playa DC is a story of heartbreak, heart drugs and hairdressing.

La Playa D.C – Official Trailer with english subtitles from Burning Blue on Vimeo.
Screens with:  The Companion, Peru, Dir. Álvaro Delgado Aparicio
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Juan Andres Arango
Juan Andrés Arango was born in Bogota, Colombia. He studied most of his high school in Bogota but was awarded a scholarship to finish it in Vancouver, Canada. After graduating from high school, he studied Cinematography and Television in the National University of Colombia in which he directed and scripted his first movie “Eloisa y las Nieves” as his thesis dissertation.
He lives in Montreal, Canada and is working in his upcoming film “La Playa”, a movie that has been part of the Buenos Aires Lab del Bafici in 2010, the Mannheim Meetings of the International Festival of Mannheim, the Coproduction Encounter in the International Festival of Film in Cartagena, Colombia in 2009, the International Festival of Film of Rio de Janeiro – Rio Market.
“La Playa” has also been awarded a production grant by the Colombian Fund for the Development of Cinematography in 2008 and is participating in the 20th version of the San Sebastian Festival, Spain.
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Official Selection – Cannes Film Festival, 2012: Un Certain Regard
Chicago International Film Festival, 2012: Nominated Gold Hugo – New Directors Competition
Lima Latin American Film Festival, 2012: Won Best First Work – First Prize
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La Playa D.C.: Cannes Review
Writer-director Juan Andrés Arango emerges with his auspicious, tonsorially-themed debut focusing on a teenage apprentice barber coping with the mean streets of Bogotá.
Three decades after unknown film-student Spike Lee unveiled Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads, writer-director Juan Andrés Arango emerges straight outta Bogotá with his own auspicious, tonsorially-themed debut La Playa DC Focusing on a teenage apprentice barber coping with the city’s forbiddingly mean streets, it’s a minutely-observed peek into hardscrabble lives that pours intoxicatingly fresh aguardiente into a rather dusty old bottle. Plentiful festival play should flow from its Un Certain Regard premiere at Cannes, cementing Arango as Colombia’s most notable cinematic export since Oscar-nominated actress Catalina Sandino Moreno …. read on at Hollywood Reporter