Guilty Men [2016]

This is a film set in a tiny village in Colombia in the last days of the Paramilitary force, which was one half of a political struggle. It’s a very small film, focusing on just a couple of characters in the lead-up to a marriage in the village. The director is deft and confident in using small gestures, long takes, and naturalistic performances to tell an elliptical story. I really admired the way the director eschewed almost all exposition while still showing a complex situation filled with people with complex backgrounds and suppressed emotions.

This was one of the better fictions from the festival.

Below is the Spanish-language trailer, if that helps any. I couldn’t find this on IMDb, and it seems very unlikely to get any kind of release anywhere in the English world, which in one view makes it the poster-child for going to these kinds of festivals.

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