Juan Andrés Arango
Juan Andrés ARANGO (1976, Colombia) grew up in the capital Bogotá, where he studied Film and Television Production at the National University of Colombia. During an exchange programme in Montreal, Canada, he made two short films. Later, he travelled to Barcelona to specialise in camera and photography. During a cinematography assignment in Amsterdam, he started writing the script of his feature film debut L.A. Playa DC (2012), which premiered in Un Certain Regard at Cannes. Arango now lives and works in Montreal. X500 (2016), his second feature film, premiered at TIFF. He is one of the seven directors of The Seven Last Words (2018).
(selection) Eloísa y las nieves (2001, short), Los vega y dos fandangos (2005, short doc), La Playa D.C./The Beach (2012), X Quinientos/X500 (2016), The Seven Last Words (2018, co-dir)
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La Playa D.C.
Male hairstyles also count - above all in La Playa, a district of Bogotá where many immigrants from the West Coast live. Young Tomas is looking for a better future. He turns out to have hairdressing talent, but is hindered by loyalty and a sense of family duty.
Three independent stories set in Mexico, Colombia and Canada, about young people whose lives are completely transformed by the death of a loved one. Dealing with sorrow involves emigration, drama and rebellion. Full of energy and filmed in documentary style, this is a poignant portrait of three young people seeking a new life.
The Seven Last Words
Challenging and varied omnibus film by seven Canadian filmmakers, inspired by Joseph Haydn's composition around the last words of Jesus.