Mambo Cool



62 minutes
A dispossessed drug dealer and his derelict companions are part of a cool generation that confronts displacement, sickness, and cultural decay in the back alleys of a city in Colombia. They are acquainted with many people on the streets, but are selective with their friendships. With all their connections dead, they struggle to survive on their own terms. Hypnotically naturalistic performances are infused with seemingly impromptu salsa music and addictive cinematography. A staccato storyline reveals an anthropological curiosity of poetic intent, courtesy of filmmaker Chris Gude, who illuminates a gritty world, by matchlight, in his debut feature film.


Chris Gude


Chris Gude, Juan Pablo Pardo


Jorge Gaviria, Hernán Padilla, Nelson María Betancur



Awards & Festivals:

Best Latin-American Film Nominee, Mar del Plata; Punto de Vista Grand Prize Nominee, Navarra Punto de Vista; FICCI; Viennale; FID Marseille; IndieLisboa; Cartagena; Fronteira; Athens Avant Garde; Cali