Colombia also has its independent film industry

The South American market of movies is not that famous in the world. However, there are some countries that have made their part in order to make their contribution to the competitive and complicated world of the cinema industry. It has been dominated by all the films that are made in places like Hollywood, but later, there has been a big change on this situation and countries and industries withtheir own way of producing movies are having their own chance.

Colombia, for example, is a country internationally known by its TV series, but it is also well known that this Latin American country has its movie productions that are part of its cinema market. Besides, some of those films had their space in international cinemas. Nevertheless, when it is about the independent film industry, Colombia (and South America in general) has not that recognition in the entire world, sometimes not even in their own country. Something that is really sad, but what we are going to do now is focus in the independent movies that have been produced in Colombia.

In 2013 there was an independent movie that was presented in the Colombian Cinemas . It is about to be shown in the international cinemas in countries like Venezuela. This film is actually a comedy that tales the story of the habitants of an old building. The name of this movie is Edificio Royal and it is just one of the movies that the Colombian cinema has to give. Among the people who worked there, that is the name of the actress Katherine Vélez that is internationally recognized due to her great job.

Colombian association for producers, directors and artists

Christian Lovera ACOCINDE logo

ACOCINDE logo

Independent films in this South American Country also have their association that really help all those people that truly want to be part of the Colombian cinema. The ACOCINDE or, by the name in Spanish, Asociación Colombiana de Cineastas Independientes, is the organization in charge to form, help and administrate all the new proposals that the Colombian artists have in order to keep alive all the effort and Colombian independent films that have been in the cinemas since so many years ago.

DirectorsProducers and artists in general are all trying to give and do their best so they can continue doing independent films in the country. Sometimes it is necessary to have an alliance with other countries in order to have a movie, but it is not that bad when what is going to be shown is a movie that is really good and that is trying to demonstrate that countries like Colombia can really be part of the complicated independent film industry.

Independent movie festivals are not that big in Colombia, however there are some that have many years being produced in the country. Some of those festivals are:

  • Festival de Cine Rosa
  • Festival de Cine Verde de Barichara
  • Festival de Cine de Cali
  • Cinexcusa, Festival de cine de Neyva
  • Festival internacional de cine por los derechos humanos en Bogotá

The Chorus: An Unforgettable Movie

Hollywood is the first thing that could come into your mind when you are talking about movies. However, it is not the only one movie indutry out there. There are many different movies from all over the world that could actually be considered much better than the ones coming from this American industry, at least that is what many people believe.

From the European market, specifically from France, there is The Chorus (Les Choristes in French). Even when it was presented to the world many years ago (in 2004) it still is in the minds of people who watched, this is due to the impact it has in everybody.

Les Choristes

Les Choristes

The Chorus is a movie that was directed by Cristophe Barratier and it was written by the same director and Phillippe Lopes Curval. This production is actually a very good addptation from a movie that was made back in 1945, A Cage Of Nightingales. French cinema has been always giving to the world a big catalogue of movies to see and share, but the impact that The Chorus had in the whole word was amazing and this is because of the topic it has.

This film, in a very summarize way, is about a music teacher that goes to a current school to, precisely, teach music to the students. The problem appears when he realize that those students are kind of problematic and complicated. However, and at the end of the story, he got the chance to be nearer from them and music start to play its role and both, the teacher and the students, got a real friendship and understand the importance that music has in life.

Cast of the movie

Cristophe Barrier is the director and co writer. Besides, there is a big amount of people who worked truely hard in order to create a very good movie. Among all the artists who worked for this production, there are 11 actors and actresses considered as the main characters in the film, the names of those artists are:

  • Gérard Jugnot as Clément Mathieu
  • François Berléand as Rachin
  • Kad Merad as Chabert
  • Jean-Paul Bonnaire as Maxence
  • Marie Bunel as Violette Morhange
  • Jean-Baptiste Maunier as Pierre Morhange
  • Maxence Perrin as Pépinot
  • Grégory Gatignol as Mondain
  • Cyril Bernicot as Le Querrec
  • Jacques Perrin as adult Morhange
  • Didier Flamand as adult Pépinot

Music, as it is shown, is very important through the complete movie. That is why all the songs that are part of it became relevant and the soundtrack of this film was released also in 2004 and by the Warner Bros Records. Besides, the album of this soundtrack was so good that it was 11 weeks at the top of the albums chart in France. In addition, in 2005 there was released a DVD of The Chorus in concert. So, it demonstrates, in a way, that this French movie really catches the heart of the ones who watch it and enjoyed the production of a film made outside of the Hollywood parameters.

Christian Lovera DVD of The Chorus in concert

DVD of The Chorus in concert