FOCUS Colombia, is a new monthly film series bringing the best of contemporary Colombian cinema to the United States that kicked off last Wednesday June 3rd. The series will take place the first Wednesday of every month at Village East Cinema in New York, Reading Cinemas Manville in New Jersey, Angelika Film Center and Café in Dallas and Angelika Film Center and Café Plano in Texas.
The films in this year's line-up focus on comedy and music. The series was launched with the box office hit Drinking Once a Year Isn’t So Bad / Uno al año no hace daño by Dago García, Colombia’s highest-grossing film of last year. The comedy follows Marcos, a young journalism student, who decides to make a documentary about drinking in Colombia. Along with the help of friends and family Marcos captures more than a few hilarious moments in his family’s life and learns a thing or two about Colombia culture and tradition.
July’s film Se nos armó la gorda is a comedy about a couple facing their first martial crisis. They decide to take a break in which Fabiola heads to San Francisco and gets kidnapped by a Chicago gang. Now, Nelson, has no choice but to rescue her before it’s too late.
Grammy nominated artist Adriana Lucía, narrates and directs August’s film Porro hecho en Colombia. Lucía explores the traditional musical style from the Caribbean region of Colombia that celebrates the music’s indigenous, European and African origins. The film won the Audience Award at the New York Film Festival last year.
In September FOCUS will feature a homage to the art of salsa with Ciudad Delirio, a romantic-comedy set in Cali, the salsa capital of the world. Javier, a shy Spanish doctor travels to Cali for a conference and meets Angie, a dancer and choreographer who dreams of being part of the world's most famous salsa show: Delirio.
FOCUS plans to announce additional films as the year progresses.