The Art of Losing (Contemporary World Cinema)
2004 - Colombia/Spain - 105 min.
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DIRECTOR: Sergio Cabrera
CAST: Daniel Giménez Cacho, Martina García, César Mora, Víctor Mallarino
Based on a cult novel by Santiago Gamboa, The Art of Losing tracks a hemorrhoids-stricken journalist, an exotic dancer and a military officer with a penchant for overeating as they move from strip clubs to nudist centers and graveyards to high rises, seeking to solve the mystery of a corpse found near a lake. One morning, police are horrified to discover a body impaled on a sharp stake by the banks of a scenic lake near Bogotá. Journalist Victor Silampa becomes curious and enlists his occasional companion, office clerk Emir Estupiñan to help him with the story. In this macabre but very human and even entertaining film, a journalist and an office worker help police try to solve a brutal crime. With its characters crisscrossing town and suburb, The Art of Losing is also a guidebook to contemporary Bogotá, its streets, its clubs and the dizzying hypocrisies of its elite. Sergio Cabrera, son of Spanish exiliated actors, lived in Colombia for10 years before moving with his parents to China, where he attended secondary school. He fought for four years in the EPL (EjErcito Popular de LiberaciOn) and studied Filmmaking in "London Politechnic School". He has directed six feature films, 12 short films and many programs for television.
PRODUCER: Gerardo Herrero, Marianella Cabrera
SCREENWRITER: Santiago Gamboa, Jorge Goldenberg
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Hans Burman
EDITOR: Carmen Frías
MUSIC: Arnau Bataller
PRINT SOURCE: Latido Films