‘Los reyes del mundo' now on Netflix
The Colombian film won the Golden Shell at San Sebastian, the Zurich Golden Eye and the highest distinction at the Biarritz Latin American Film Festival.
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Laura Mora's Los reyes del mundo is set in the department of Antioquia, Colombia. It tells the story of a group of young people searching for the 'promised land,' inherited by the grandmother of one of the group, but taken away by illegal armed groups. It recently dropped on Netflix on Jan. 4.
"Five friends living on the streets of Medellin embark on a dangerous journey through Colombia to recover a piece of land that one of them inherited. The movie Los reyes del mundo is now available," Netflix wrote on Twitter.
"The theme of land, which is the neuralgic point of the Colombian conflict, and I was afraid that it was a concept that would not be understood very well outside," said the film's director in an interview with El Tiempo.
However, she added that at the international level "they had a very deep reading beyond the legal term, and understood that it was more about the struggle to have a place in the world, they greatly exalted the value of symbolic beauty, of approaching violence with other aesthetic possibilities, not literal."
The film stars Carlos Andrés Castañeda (Rá), Davinson Florez (Sere), Brahian Acevedo (Nano), Cristian Campaña (Winny) and Cristian David Duque (Culebro), young people between the ages of 15 and 22 who are natural actors.
Los reyes del mundo was released in Colombian theaters on Oct. 16, after a tour of international festivals.