Friday, September 18, 2009
August Diehl: From Colombia’s Siloé Neighborhood to Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds”
German actor goes from playing a doctor in Cali to a Nazi officer in a film with Brad Pitt
August Diehl, star of “23”, “Tattoo” and “Der neunte tag” (“The Ninth Day”), is currently one of Germany’s most coveted actors. His prolific career, which led him to international fame in 2008 with “Die Fälscher” (“The Counterfeiters”) – Oscar for Best Foreign Film last year --, has taken him from locations such as the city of Cali, Colombia, where he helped the inhabitants of a poor neighborhood in “Dr. Alemán”, to playing the role of the officer responsible for the deaths of several “basterds” in Quentin Tarantino’s latest film (Kill Bill, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction).
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Actor/Singer Hilary Duff, young Hollywood star, visits Colombia
Jet-set Magazine (©Gerardo Gómez/09)
Philanthropic interests brought the artist to Bogotá from August 12-15 where she was made guest of honor
The Mayor’s Office of Bogotá welcomed Hilary Duff, representative of the “Blessings in a Backpack” program, who offered gifts of school supplies to district public school students from reduced-income households. “I saw such incredible displays of talent: singing, dancing, painting and all kinds of handicrafts. Programs such as those set up by the Mayor’s Office give young children and adolescents a better chance in life,” said the artist while visiting the Kimy Pernía School in Bogotá’s Bosa neighborhood where her visit to Colombia ended.
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Colombian Hearts Take the US
Seven 4-meter hearts and 40 others standing about 2 ½ meters high bearing the motto “Discover Colombia through its Heart” launched the “Colombia Is Passion” campaign on the streets of Washington, D.C. where they will remain on display until September 15th before moving on to New York City. The seven hearts, not only gigantic but interactive as well, are located throughout bustling Union Station and each one is dedicated to one of Colombia’s surprising qualities discovered by visitors to the country: its culture, diversity, the hospitality of its people, its music, famous personalities, the tranquility of its tourist destinations and the development in its cities.
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“It is true that Colombia has a reputation based on past events, but equally we knew from people that had actually been here that it was likely to be a good experience. We liked Bogota very much and we were more than impressed with how friendly and helpful the Colombians we met were. Our first impressions have changed only in being delighted with our experience in Colombia. First of all, I have to say a huge thank you to the Colombian Film Commission for its help, friendliness and commitment to making our recce as successful as possible. We couldn't have asked for more. We were shown an array of fantastic locations packed into two days (originally intended to take three but this enabled us to change our plans and spend 4 days in the Amazon). Our trip to the Amazon was equally successful, with a highly knowledgeable local guide; we travelled over 3oo km up and down the river. We couldn't have been more impressed with what we saw, from river dolphins and a tigrillo to primary and secondary jungle. The atmosphere in Leticia and Puerto Nariño was unique”.
Hugo Heppell, british producer of feature film Wild Life, during his location scouting in Colombia
Address: Calle 19N #2N-29 Oficina 3003 Cali, Colombia
Phone: (+572) 6833282 - 6809630
Colombian film production company founded in 2003. During its first years, in addition to spots and music videos, the company produced several short films that won national and international awards. Antorcha’s successful feature films include director Carlos Moreno’s “Perro come perro” (“Dog Eat Dog”) and “En coma” directed by Juan David Restrepo and Henry Rivero and co-produced by Efe-X. The company has provided production services in Colombia to films such as the German “Dr. Alemán” directed by Tom Schreiber and is currently in pre-production on Carlos Moreno’s “Todos tus muertos” and the animated feature “Anina” to be co-produced by the Uruguayan Rain Dogs Cinema/Palermo Animación. In addition the company has twelve other feature films, two documentaries and four television series in development.
Address:Calle 80 #8-44 Bogotá, Colombia
Phone: (+571) 3453421 -
Colombian film production, financing and consulting firm. Film credits include the feature film “Satanás” by Andi Baiz and Camila Loboguerrero’s “Nochebuena”. The company also manages the Hispanic Private Film Capital Fund I (FCPCH I), which is based in Colombia but focuses on film project investment throughout Iberoamerica. The company is currently participating in the Toronto International Film Festival with the Spanish-Colombian co-production “Rabia” by director Sebastian Cordero and will attend the San Sebastian International Film Festival with the Colombo-Peruvian feature director by Javier Fuentes, “Contracorriente”. David Serrano’s “Una hora más en Canarias”, another Hispano-Colombian co-production, is in post-production.
Región: Caribbean Region
Nombre: Cartagena de Indias
Descripción: Cartagena of the West Indies is a colonial-style city located at the northeastern of Colombia, in the center of the Caribbean shore line.
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