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327 Ratings

Los Hongos

Directed by Oscar Ruíz Navia
Colombia, France, 2014


Ras is a construction worker who also sprays graffitis on the walls of east Cali, Colombia. When he steals several cans of paint to finish a mural, he gets fired. He sets off on a journey and befriends Calvin, another graffiti artist who studies art and is having issues since his parents’ divorce.

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Los Hongos Directed by Oscar Ruíz Navia

Awards & Festivals

Locarno International Film Festival

2014 | Winner: Special Jury Prize - Filmmakers of the Present

International Film Festival Rotterdam

2014 | Winner: Hubert Bals Fund Lions Film Award

2015 | Winner: Dioraphte Award

Critics reviews

The film is lyrical, not especially linear. Ruiz calls it a documentary dream, a poetic rendering of realistic raw materials, aiming for a “daydream” rather than naturalistic effect. We get a nice tour of assorted sections of the city — rich, middle-class, and impoverished — while we accompany Calvin on his bike. There are other digressions, some more successful than others.
March 24, 2015
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Los Hongos crafts its meandering, unobtrusively utopian worldview in such all-enveloping fashion that it feels almost incongruous once actual violence does rear its head, particularly when it’s depicted with so little of the subtlety that went before. And once the cozy, inclusive spell has been broken, both Ras and Calvin’s endeavors and the film itself begin to look a little naïve in retrospect.
March 14, 2015
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The characters’ lack of direction seems to infect the movie itself. Like Calvin and Ras, it may be that Los Hongos is too aimless to really leave its own mark.
September 07, 2014
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