San Sebastian Contender ‘Kings of the World’ Bows Trailer

“Kings of the World” (“Los Reyes del Mundo”), by Colombian Laura Mora (“Killing Jesus”, “Frontera Verde”) has shared its trailer exclusively with Variety before its world premiere at the San Sebastián festival in Spain and its theatrical release on October 6 in Colombia.

Said Mora: “We are very happy to finally be able to release the film! It has been a very long and demanding process…. And to premiere in the official competition of a festival like the one in San Sebastián, surrounded by directors whom we deeply admire, is an honour”.

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Performed by non-professionals, “Kings of the World” follows five teenagers between the ages of 12 and 19 who wander aimlessly through the streets of Medellin, Colombia. When Rá, the eldest of the gang, receives a letter from the government about the restitution of the lands that the paramilitaries took from his grandmother, he and his friends decide to make the trip with the hope and dream of finally finding their place in the world. world.

The trailer follows their journey to discovery as they leave Medellin and cross the mountain range. “They will travel this long road between the delirium, the energy and the youth of those who undertake the adventure of their lives. The beauty of the landscape, and the encounters with other marginalized people who will welcome them, will be the prelude to a great feat”, says the synopsis.

The production, mostly directed by women, is directed by Cristina Gallego of Ciudad Lunar, producer of the Oscar-nominated “Embrace of the Serpent” and producer and director of the success of the 2018 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight “Aves de Paso”, along with Mirlanda Torres (“Dirty Hands”), who runs the production company La Selva Cine, co-founded with Mora and Daniela Abad.

The seeds for the idea of ​​”Kings of the World” were planted during the casting of “Killing Jesus,” Mora said. “I realized that those more than 90 boys we interviewed shared a terrible feeling of exclusion, a certainty of not having a future. However, almost like a deep and beautiful contradiction, they were full of life, sometimes delusional dreams, always linked to the same desire: an obsession with having a place in the world, literally and symbolically”, she reflects.

“From there, questions arose that I have always asked myself about the violence linked to the possession of the land. The nerve center of the conflict in Colombia is precisely that: that of a people who have been dispossessed of their land by landowners, large elites and armed groups, who have formed the basis of a highly unequal and painful society,” he added.

The Ciudad Lunar and La Selva Cine production is co-produced with a formidable group of international actors: Iris Productions (Luxembourg), Tu Vas Voir (France), Talipot Studio (Mexico) and Mer Film (Norway) in association with Caracol Televisión, Dago Garcia Productions and Exile Content.

the 70sthe The San Sebastian Film Festival will take place from September 16 to 24.

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