This year's festival includes a special sidebar, CineLatino, including new films as well as a three-film retrospective of the great Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa. Here's one highlight:
La defensa del dragon (The Dragon Defense), Colombia, 2017
In a bittersweet debut drama named for a legendary chess move, Colombian writer-director Natalia Santa tells the story of three longtime friends living in Bogotá. Samuel (Gonzalo de Sagarminaga) is an occasional tutor in chess and math. Like his two best friends—pot-smoking, gambling doctor Marcos (Manuel Navarro) and Joaquin (Hernan Mendez), a glum watch repairman living hand-to-mouth in his vintage shop—he is professionally gifted but financially and emotionally hard-up. The trio has long survived in a fog of oblivion, drifting aimlessly through shabby nightspots as their lives deteriorate around them. Then comes a moment of truth—but are they too jaded to acknowledge it?
Denver: Nov. 1 - 12. Full lineup and details here.