[button color=”green” size=”medium” align=”left” link=”http://www.eventcinemas.com.au/movie/Mateo–Slaff”]Buy Tickets[/button]Saturday 6th September | 5pm
Event Cinemas George St Sydney
Feature | María Gamboa | Colombia / France | 2014 | 86 min
Mateo, 16, 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 neighbourhoods 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.
Throughout this story composed from real life experiences, Mateo and his mother find their dignity as they face the perils of doubting the established hierarchy of Colombia’s armed conflict.
Spanish with English subtitles
Persons under the age of 15 can be allowed to the screenings only if in the company of an adult or parent or guardian
Bonus short film screening: Yolanda, Puerto Rico / Dominican Republic, Dir. Cristian Carretero
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Colombia based Maria Gamboa has studied film making at NYU (New York) and La Femis (Paris).
She worked as a editor, producer, and assistant director in USA and France.
MATEO is her first feature debut.
Winner – 2014 Miami International Film Festival – Best First Feature & Screenplay
Winner – 2014 Cartagena International Film Festival – Special Mention FIPRESCI Jury & Special Jury Award
Winner – Austin’s Cine las Americas: Best Feature Film