La Playa D.C.

  • 90'
  • Colombia
  • 2012
There’s a world of difference between the west coast of Colombia and the district of La Playa in Bogata, the capital. Ever since teenager Tomas had to flee his birthplace by the Pacific Ocean because of the civil war, he has yearned for the tropical countryside where he grew up.
Everywhere he can, he draws scenes of his birthplace. Life in the city is hard too. His stepfather throws him out, his little brother Jairo is an addict and in big trouble. Together with his elder brother Chaco he is saving for a journey to the North, either the USA or Europe. Just as the sun is about to shine and he’s about to start earning money as a talented hairdresser, both his brothers ask for help and Tomas faces an impossible choice.
To the accompaniment of latino hiphop beats, the camera follows the stoical Tomas through the streets of Bogota. A glimpse of the city's Afro-Colombian subculture - in which hairstyles play a major role.

Director
Juan Andrés Arango
Country of production
Colombia
Production Year
2012
Festival Edition
IFFR 2013
Length
90'
Medium
DCP
International title
The Beach
Language
Spanish
Producers
Diana Bustamante Escobar, Jorge Andrés Botero
Production Companies
Burning Blue, Septima Films
Sales
Doc & Film International
Screenplay
Juan Andrés Arango
Cinematography
Nicolas Canniccioni
Editor
Felipe Guerrero
Production Design
Angelica Perea
Sound Design
Pablo Bahamondez, Roberto Espinoza
Music
Erick Bongcam, Jacobo Vélez
Cast
Luis Carlos Guevara, Andres Murillo
Local Distributor
Hubert Bals Fund
Website
http://www.docandfilm.com/en/cinema/la-playa-dc-4/