Un varón (A Male)

Director Fabián Hernández IN PERSON for Q&A after the screening.

Free admission screening presented by RoxCine. Co-presented by Consulate General of Colombia in San Francisco & CiNEOLA.

“A sensitive and subtle exploration of Latin American masculinity on the streets of Bogota.” —Jonathan Holland, Screen International

Un varón underscores just how much Colombian cinema has evolved in recent years, in both technique and kind of storytelling.” —Emilio Granada, Variety

Colombia’s official Oscar submission, the captivating and poignant drama from exciting up-and-coming Colombian writer-director Fabián Hernández, is a sensitive and subtle exploration of Latin American masculinity and gender dynamics against the backdrop of Bogota’s streets.

Acclaimed at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, the story centers around Carlos, a young man who lives in a youth shelter in the heart of the city, seeking respite from the harshness of life. As Christmas approaches, he longs to spend the day with his mother and sister, who are ensnared in the throes of urban turmoil. Carlos navigates the streets under the protection of Freddy, for whom he sells drugs—but when he cannot live up to Freddy’s macho expectations, he must make a choice between his survival and adhering to societal constructs of masculinity.

1h 22m
Fabián Hernández
in Spanish with English subtitles
First Showing
December 2, 2023
  • Assisted Listening