The latest film in competition at the Carbonia Film Festival comes from Colombia, Los Conductos, which tells the true story of a man who fled from a violent sect. It is available in free streaming on the onlinecarboniafilmfest.org website from 9 October at 12.00 to 11 October at 12.00.
The 2020 edition of the Carbonia Film Festival concludes – which on Saturday 11 October makes it available again for free on onlinecarboniafilmfest.org all the competition titles – the Colombian film The Ducts, directed by the director Camilo Restrepo, which in just over an hour tells the true story of the protagonist, whom he met in 2013, who escaped from a religious sect in which he had spent 8 years and where violence and crime played a fundamental role. From this experience he was left with an unsatisfied desire for revenge towards the leader of the group, despite the numerous scenes of everyday life that reflect what happened after he escaped, to this character of indefinable age, with a big head and a big beard on a slender boyish physique, Restrepo he does not sign a real documentary but consciously chooses to manipulate reality contrasting the physical presence and words of this outsider, who remains a stranger halfway between the closed world of before with its certainties and the precarious, unknown and chaotic life of today, an abstract and alienating style of direction, objective but surreal traits, for one personal history that also becomes political and social commentary on a country that sacrifices too many of its children. In the words of the director: “I have consciously chosen to distance the viewer from the character with an unrealistic direction, thus limiting the emotions in favor of a more analytical vision of Pinky’s situation. In this way the film has its roots more in the objectives of the documentary than in those of fiction ”.
Restrepo shows us what he calls Pinky after an escape that we guess is not painless (someone is killed and robbed of a motorcycle). We see him arrive in the city, then illegally lodge and work in a factory of counterfeit t-shirts of famous American brands. Chased away by his master, he resorts to the theft of copper from abandoned buildings or searches for useful material in landfills. But his past chases him, and the desire to kill the “Father” – as the man who kept him subjugated for so long called himself – haunts him. The gun became an extension of his mind: designed by him, personalized and decorated, in some scenes it reminds us of the one handled by Michel Piccoli in Dillinger is dead of Marco Ferreri (Restrepo lives and works in France and we believe that certain references are not accidental).
The beginning of the film takes place in the dark or at night with dimly lit lights (at one point there is also a blackout due to the theft of copper) because Pinky is a nocturnal and invisible creature. When we see it during the day it remains so, not even the light gives it substance. For us Westerners the name of Medellín remains inextricably linked to the notorious drug cartel of Pablo Escobar, despite the fact that over 30 years have passed since then. Colombia today is a multi-ethnic country with great natural wealth, where however, 27 per cent of the population still lives below the poverty line (with over 7 per cent in desperate conditions), crime and drugs are still widespread in the most disadvantaged classes while, as in other capitalist countries, the number of the super rich increases and – as mentioned at one point in the film with the history of the holes – corruption has caused serious disruption in public works. We do not know how the protagonist ended up in this sect, victim of one of the many charismatic and manipulative leaders, capable of convincing his adherents to be “the chosen ones” and to justify, in the name of this uniqueness, crimes and crimes. And we do not know what was the action performed by the Father of which Pinky was an involuntary witness, which disgusted him and opened his eyes for good. But he is just one of the many forgotten people who live on the street, apparently calm and kind but corroded inside by a thirst for revenge that perhaps a film can serve to appease cathartically without hurting anyone, especially those in need. to free oneself once and for all from the teaching of evil and violence.
Los Conductos is available to everyone for free online on the onlinecarboniafilmfest.org website from 9 October at 12.00 to 11 October at 12.00.