Every night after work, construction worker Ras stays up late graffitiing around Cali, Colombia. But when he steals paint to finish a huge mural, he gets fired. Penniless, Ras journeys across the city to find fellow graffiti artist Calvin, a fine art student struggling with his parents’ divorce.
Drawing praise on its premiere at Locarno, Los Hongos is an impressionistic coming-of-age graffiti film—shot, documentary-like, in gorgeous 35mm, and led by fantastic naturalistic performances. Colombian director Oscar Ruíz Navia’s follow-up to his acclaimed gem Crab Trap.
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Luis Buñuel, 1930, France
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Aditya Assarat, 2007, Thailand
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Michael Haneke, 2001, Austria
Gus Van Sant, 2007, United States