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Guilty Men

The directorial debut of Iván Gaona, Guilty Men is a nail-biting thriller set in Santander, Colombia in 2005 – a time when paramilitary groups were beginning to disarm but acts of violence were still occurring sporadically. 

René (René Diaz Calderón) announces his decision to marry his beloved Mariana (Leidy Herrera), although a little earlier than expected in an undisguised attempt to avoid a childbirth occurring outside of marriage. Meanwhile, Willington (Willington Gordillo Duarte) – Mariana’s DJ ex – watches jealously from the sidelines. Both men are caught up in illegal dealings that take place in the quiet of the night, the money being particularly crucial for René in seeing his wedding plans come to fruition.

Events escalate when a paramilitary-type figure steps into the picture, wearing a helmet that ominously conceals his identity. What follows is an adrenaline-inducing game of hide-and-seek set in a sugarcane field, which acts as testament to Gaona’s burgeoning skill in creating and maintaining tense scenarios. 

Part love triangle, part thriller, Guilty Men is brimming with intrigue and deadly consequences for power-hungry exploits.

Iván Gaona
Leidy Herrera, Heriberto Palacio, René Diaz Calderón & Willington Gordillo Duarte
Spanish with English subtitles | 2016 | 115 min | Mystery/Thriller | Colombia
18+ (exemption)
Gaona’s sheer storytelling verve will have audiences worldwide hooked.
The Hollywood Reporter
Venice Days, Venice Film Festival 2016
Discovery, Toronto International Film Festival 2016

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