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Director
Alejandro Landes

Filmography
2007 Cocalero (doc)
2011 Porfirio

Biography
He was born in São Paulo, Brazil, to a Colombian mother and Ecuadorian father. He studied Literature, Economics and Architecture at Brown University, then went on to write for the Miami Herald and the syndicated television talk show Oppenheimer Presenta. His first film, the documentary Cocalero, premiered at Sundance 2007 and opened theatrically in more than ten countries. With Porfirio, he was a fellow at the Cinéfondation Residence and the Sundance Institute.

International Competition

Porfirio / Alejandro Landes

A fascinating and subtle hybrid of documentary and fiction, Porfirio takes its name after its protagonist, Porfirio Ramirez, a man with an extraordinary story who appears as himself in the film. Ramirez was accidentally shot by a policeman’s stray bullet in 1991, which resulted in his paralysis from the waist down. After waiting for more than a decade for monetary compensation that never materialized, in 2005 he unsuccessfully tried to hijack a plane wearing diapers that contained grenades. In the film, the emphasis is given to Porfirio’s limited daily life; without fanfare, we are allowed to observe the difficulties that he copes with. Cared for (half-heartedly) by his son and his girlfriend, Porfirio faces every little embarrassment that comes with his condition with dignity and humor. In his exploration of this small, mundane life, Landes succeeds in painting a portrait of a magnificent humanity.


Director:Alejandro Landes
Script:Alejandro Landes
Cinematography:Thimios Bakatakis
Editing:Eliane D. Katz
Sound:Lena Esquenazi
With:Porfirio Ramirez Aldana (Porfirio), Jarlinsson Ramirez Reinoso (Lissin), Yor Jasbleidy Santos Torres (Jasbleidy)
World Sales:Arri Media Worldsales, Germany Sylvia Edelmann T. +49 89 3809 1288 sedelmann@arri.de www.arri-mediaworldsales.de
Production Design:Daniela Schneider
Producer:Francisco Aljure, Alejandro Landes
Production:Franja Nomo, Colombia T. +572 893 5542 F. +572 690 2222 porfiriofilm@gmail.com www.porfiriofilm.com
Production Country:Colombia-Spain-Uruguay-Argentina-France
Co-production:Carmelita (Spain), Campo Cine (Argentina), Control Z Films (Uruguay) & Atopic (France)
Format:35mm Color
Duration:106'
Production Year:2011
Screening Schedule
OLYMPION:Friday, November 11, 2011 - 17:30 | ID:714
TONIA MARKETAKI:Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 15:00 | ID:833
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