Colombian Cinema– Rodrigo D: No Futuro

The Spanish and Portuguese Department
Film Series Presents: Colombian Cinema
Rodrigo D: No Futuro (1990)
by Víctor Gaviria
Monday October 29 2007
7:30pm in MEZ 1.306
The University of Texas at Austin

Free Admission
Rodrigo D: No Futuro, by director Victor Gaviria, portrays the
reckless existence of youth in Medellin, Colombia. The film revolves
around Rodrigo and his friends who are trapped in a world of violence
and drugs which defines their turbulent lifestyle.
With this film, Gaviria responds to the Italian neorealistic movement
by adapting this European aesthetic into the Colombian context. The
result: Colombian neorealism. As proof we have the reference to the
Italian classic Umberto D (Vittorio de Sica) in the title itself:
Rodrigo D. In fact, this picture is often compared with other
neorealist classics such as The Bicycle Thief and Los Olvidados
because of its shocking realistic approach and the use of actors that
are essentially local teenagers playing themselves.
Further, Rodrigo D was the first Colombian film to be nominated for a
Palm d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival

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