The Macondos, Colombia’s Academy Awards, were held over the weekend, and Laura Mora’s “Killing Jesus
” was the big winner, scooping five awards, including best picture for a Colombian feature.
The win caps off a whirlwind 14 months since the film’s 2017 Toronto world premiere and San Sebastian European premiere, where it won the Eroski Youth Award, Fedeora Award and two special mentions.
A semi-autobiographical film, “Killing Jesus
” unspools in Medellin, the base of operations for Pablo Escobar
’s cartel, which still suffers reverberations of the violence from his time as the world’s most notorious drug kingpin. Mora used non-professional actors to tell the revenge story of a young girl whose father is gunned down right before her eyes, and who, after a chance encounter with the killer at a nightclub, decides to embark on a mission of revenge.
Diego Ramirez’s Bogota and Cali-based 64A Films, the Colombian