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La virgen de los sicarios
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Director:
Writers:
Fernando Vallejo (novel)
Fernando Vallejo (screenplay)
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Release Date:
8 September 2000 (Italy) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
The tempestuous love story between Fernando, an older man who has recently returned to his crime-ridden drug capitol hometown of Medellin... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Madonna of the killers See more (77 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Germán Jaramillo ... Fernando

Anderson Ballesteros ... Alexis

Juan David Restrepo ... Wilmar
Manuel Busquets ... Alfonso
Wilmar Agudelo ... Child Sniffing Glue
Juan Carlos Álvarez ... 4x4 Thief
Jairo Alzate ... Taxi Driver Santa Domingo
Zulma Arango ... Waitress
José Luis Bedoya ... Taxi Sabaneta 1
Cenobia Cano ... Alexis's Mother
Eduardo Carvajal ... Taxi Driver Clinic
Olga Lucía Collazos ... Pregnant Woman
Jorge A. Correa ... Dead Man
Phanor Delgado ... Taxi Driver with Machete
Albeiro Lopera ... Punk
Wilson Lopez ... Taxi Driver Sabaneta 2
Alexander Molina ... Alexis's Brother
Aníbal Moncada ... Don Anibal

Jaime Osorio Gómez ... Forensic Pathologist (as Jaime Osorio)
Carlos Ordóñez ... Old gay man
Teyler Pérez ... 4x4 Youth
Edwin Porras ... Bad Guy #1
Gustavo Restrepo ... La Plaga (The Pest)
John Mario Restrepo ... Bad Guy #2
Juan Tejada ... Alexis's Brother
Carlos A. Danita ... Parcero (Partner)
Nicolas Franco ... Hired Assassin
Héctor Galan ... Tango Singer
Rubí Henao ... Beggar
John Jaramillo ... Child Beggar
Juan Fdo. León ... Hired Assassin
Carlos Zapata ... Motel Receptionist
Serafín Zapata ... Clown
Martha Libia Zuluaga ... Dead Punk Witness
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
César Gaviria ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Barbet Schroeder ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
Barbet Schroeder 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Fernando Vallejo  novel "La virgen de los sicarios"
Fernando Vallejo  screenplay

Produced by
Margaret Ménégoz .... producer
Jaime Osorio Gómez .... co-producer (as Jaime Osorio)
Barbet Schroeder .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jorge Arriagada 
 
Cinematography by
Rodrigo Lalinde 
 
Film Editing by
Elsa Vásquez 
 
Casting by
Margarita Flórez 
Marlin Franco 
Ana Isabel Velásquez 
 
Production Design by
Mónica Marulanda 
 
Set Decoration by
Mónica Marulanda 
 
Costume Design by
Mónica Marulanda 
 
Makeup Department
Mónica Arcila .... assistant makeup artist
Flore Marina Sandoval .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Federico Durán .... production manager
Adriana González .... assistant production manager
Peter McEvoy .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jaime Escallón .... fourth assistant director
Hervé Ruet .... assistant director
Jorge Valencia .... assistant director
Freddy Vélez .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Jesús Orlando Peña .... props
 
Sound Department
Edwin Angulo .... sound assistant
Fanchon Brulé .... dialogue editor
Jean Goudier .... sound editor
Dominique Hennequin .... sound mixer
Jean-Paul Hurier .... sound re-recording mixer
Jean-Pierre Lelong .... sound effects editor
Mario Melchiorri .... sound effects editor (as Mario Melchiori)
César Salazar .... sound
Jean-Alexandre Villemer .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Miguel Ángel Guzmán .... special effects
Libar Neira .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Thomas Duval .... visual effects supervisor
Xavier Fourmond .... digital compositor
Olivier Poujaud .... digital compositor
Antoine Simkine .... visual effects executive producer: Duboi
 
Stunts
Juan Carlos García .... stunts
Germán González .... stunts
Ernesto Jiménez .... stunts
Frank Marín .... stunts
Mauricio Puentes .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Óscar Bernal .... camera operator
Olmedo Cardozo .... assistant camera
Eduardo Carvajal .... still photographer
Elkin Díaz .... assistant camera
Frank Alejandro Franco .... electrician
Armando García .... gaffer
Sergio Gazzera .... Steadicam operator
Jean-Yves Le Poulain .... camera operator
Miguel Ángel López .... assistant camera
Edi Sanchez .... electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
María Inés Abad .... costumer
Mercedes Calcedo .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Carlos Bernal .... assistant editor
Erick Morris .... assistant editor
Mélanie Mourey .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Olivia Saenz .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
José Vicente Coronado .... production administrator
Nathalie Nghet .... production administrator
Lina Rengifo .... production assistant
Luz Marina Restrepo .... production assistant
Jairo Valencia .... production assistant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La virgen de los sicarios" - Spain (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong violence, language, sexuality and drug content
Runtime:
101 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:MA (cable rating) | Chile:18 | France:-12 | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Spain:18 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | USA:R
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Did You Know?

Quotes:
Alexis:Tell me something. Do you also like women?
Fernando:Depends...
Alexis:Depends on what?
Fernando:If they have little brothers. When they have cute little brothers I do. Otherwise, no.
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Soundtrack:
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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Madonna of the killers, 8 March 2006
Author: jotix100 from New York

Medellin is a dangerous city in more ways than one is lead to believe. At the time of the action, Pablo Escobar's empire has been dismantled and his loyal soldiers are scattered all around the city engaging in a game of death, revenge and petty vendettas. There is no reverence for life in a place that has seen violence on a daily basis and where children have access to guns for protection in order to survive in that environment.

Barbet Schroeder, the German director, expands on Fernando Vallejo's novel, which the author adapted for the screen, resulting in a highly violent and bloody film that is disturbing, as well as true.

Fernando, the older gay man who comes back to his native city of Medellin, quickly finds a boy to satisfy his needs. Alexis, the young man, is seen at first at the all-male brothel where he is offered by the pimp to Fernando. Alexis turns out to be something the older man didn't expect. This is a boy that is savvy in the ways of how to survive in the city, who clearly takes an interest in the older, and richer Fernando.

Alexis is a marked man and it's only a matter of time; his days are numbered because there are other youths behind him that will do whatever in their power to eliminate him. Fernando can't believe what his city has become, but he has no desire to go away again. When Alexis is killed, Fernando mourns his death until Wilmar, another young gay man appears in his orbit. Little prepares Fernando to realize who Wilmar is really.

Fernando's comments on the situation in his city, as well as in the Colombian reality, are the basic themes of the film. While one side of him cries for that old place he knew as a child, he welcomes this new metropolis full of danger and people that attracts and repulses him at the same time.

German Jaramillo appears to be the alter ego for the writer, Fernando Vallejo, whose story seems to resemble that of the Fernando in the novel and in the film. Mr. Jaramillo's take on Fernando keeps him away from the confrontations between his young lovers and what he thinks is right. He never passes judgment on what the young people are doing, yet he is instrumental for providing the bullets that Alexis needs to defend himself. The other two young actors, Anderson Ballesteros and Juan Diego Restrepo, play Alexis and Wilmar respectively.

Barbet Schroeder has directed the film with all its realism showing us a society in which all hope seems to have abandoned the citizens of the city.

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