|SPECIAL SCREENINGS - LUIS OSPINA|
Direction: Luis Ospina
Screenplay: Luis Ospina
Photograph: Francisco Medina
Cast: Andrés Caicedo, Carlos Mayolo, Luis Ospina, Patricia Restrepo, Eduardo Carvajal, Sandro Romero, Beatriz Caballero, Lina González, Vicky Hernández, Karen Lamassonne, Ramiro Arbeláez
The latest long-length work by Ospina is the testimony of a dual convalescence, his own after a major health scare, and that of his own film group, the Cali Group, also known as Caliwood, in which a group of friends and film enthusiasts managed to produce a series of films that are now considered to be an essential part of Colombia’s film history. They did so in the midst of the wild and tumultuous 1970s and 1980s. It is not often that we see a film director telling us about his film from a hospital bed. Punto de Vista will premiere this film in Spain, which has already been successful at festivals like that of Toronto or Yamagata.
He studied Film at USC and UCLA. He co-directed the Cali Film Club between 1972 and 1976; the Ojo al Cine magazine between 1974 and 1977; he directed the Film Library at the La Tertulia Museum of Modern Art, in Cali, in 1986. He has made 2 full-length fiction films—Pure Blood (1982) and Breath of Life (1999)— and has made eight full-length documentary films, including Andrés Caicedo: A Few Good Friends (1986), Our Film (1993), The Supreme Uneasiness: Incessant Portrait of Fernando Vallejo (2003), A Paper Tiger (2007) and It All Started at the End (2015). He has also directed around twenty short films, such as Hear, See (1972) The Vampires of Poverty (1977), co-directed by Carlos Mayolo, film critic in publications such as Ojo al Cine, Kinetoscopio, El Malpensante, Número and Cinemateca.
He has lectured on film at Valle University, Javeriana University and Los Andes University. He is the author of the book Palabras al viento, Mis sobras completas (2007), a compilation of his writings on film; and the booklets by Andrés Caicedo: Letters from a Cinephile (2007). He has been the Artistic Director at the Cali International Film Festival since 2009. He was the curator of the Andrés Caicedo: Die and Leave Some Work exhibition (2012).