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Mateo (2014)

At the impressionable age of 16, young Mateo faces a dilemma about the direction his life will take when his corrupt uncle asks him to infiltrate a local Barrancabermeja theatre group to uncover its members' political activities.

Director:

Maria Gamboa
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Cast

Credited cast:
Carlos Hernández Carlos Hernández ... Mateo
Felipe Botero Felipe Botero
Samuel Lazcano Samuel Lazcano
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Miriam Gutiérrez Miriam Gutiérrez ... Made
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Storyline

The healing power of art weakens violence in Colombia. Mateo, 16, collects extortion money from shopkeepers in Barrancabermeja on behalf of his uncle, a local crime boss. He uses his pay to help out his mother, who accepts the ill-gotten money out of need. To prove his worth, Mateo agrees to infiltrate a local theatre group in order to uncover its members' political activities. As he becomes enthralled with the creative lifestyle of the troupe, his uncle escalates demands on him to produce incriminating information on the actors. Under pressure, Mateo must make difficult choices. Throughout this story composed from real life experiences, Mateo and his mother find their dignity as they face the perils of doubting the established hierarchy of Colombia's armed conflict. Written by María Gamboa

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

Colombia | France

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

13 July 2014 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Colombia

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Official submission of Colombia to the best foreign language film category of the 87th Academy Awards 2015. See more »

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