Andrés Ramirez Pulido: the Colombian director is supported by Aide aux Cinémas du Monde
With La Jauría (Eden), Andrés Ramirez Pulido delivers a captivating debut feature film that immerses us in the daily life at a detention centre for young offenders, nestled in the Colombian jungle.
Updated on 11/05/2023
Born in 1989 in Bogotá, Andrés Ramirez Pulido is a film director and co-founder of Valiente Gracia, a production company based in the city of Ibagué. He first studied cinema in Bogotá and Buenos Aires, obtaining a master's degree in 2014. After several short films, El Edén (2016) received its world premiere at the Berlinale and was selected at almost forty international festivals. It is the first part of a trilogy devoted to Colombian youth, with themes including conflicting relationships with father figures. The thread continues in Damiana (2017), his second short film selected in the Official Competition of the Cannes Film Festival. Following this second success, Andrés Ramirez Pulido went on several prestigious residencies, such as the Berlinale Talents and the Lizières residency, to develop his first feature film, La Jauría.
Andrés Ramirez Pulido's first feature film, La Jauría tells the story of Eliú, a teenager incarcerated in an experimental detention centre for minors nestled in the Colombian rainforest. He lives among a community of young people who do hard labour and are forced to undergo a strange experimental group therapy. One day, El Mono, his accomplice in the crime for which he is imprisoned, arrives at the centre, reviving a past from which he was trying to distance himself. Played by non-professional actors that Andrés Ramirez Pulido spotted in the suburbs of the small town of Ibagué, La Jauría is a stifling depiction of incarceration, a sensory immersion in a jungle whose violence evokes, metaphorically, the struggles in Colombian society. This film concludes the director's trilogy devoted to the figure of fatherhood, or rather its absence, in the South American working class.
La Jauría, which premiered at the Critics' Week of the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, is the first Colombian film to win the Grand Prix. During its run at Cannes, it also received the SACD prize, before being selected for many prestigious festivals, including Toronto, San Sebastian, Busan, Tokyo, Melbourne and Jerusalem, where it received a special mention. La Jauría was also selected to represent Colombia at the Goya Awards 2023, in the category of best Ibero-American film. This journey has been helped by the support of the Hubert Bals Fund (Rotterdam), the World Cinema Fund in Germany, and the Cinéma du Monde (CNC - Institut français), which promotes the emergence of young filmmakers from southern countries on the international market.
With La Jauría, Andrés Ramírez Pulido has created a masterful first feature film, which tells the story of a wounded Colombia through a portrait of teenagers subjected to their own violence. Winner of the Grand Prix at the Semaine de la Critique, the film was supported by the Institut français as part of the Fabrique Cinéma and the Aide aux cinémas du monde.
Born in Bogotá.
El Eden, short film.
Damiana, short film.
La Jauría, his first feature film.
La Jauría was also supported by the Institut français as part of the "Aide aux cinémas du monde" fund in 2022. This programme aims to make collaboration between film-makers and professionals from around the world more open, more attractive and simpler, with a view to jointly co-producing works that will contribute to promoting cultural diversity.
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