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Perro Come Perro

Director: Carlos Moreno

Screenwriters: Carlos Moreno, Alonso Torres

Institute History

  • 2008 Sundance Film Festival

Description

Set in the Colombian crime world, Carlos Moreno’s smartly scripted debut feature, Perro Come Perro, depicts a brutal universe where gangsters are as vicious as rabid street dogs and voodoo reigns as the supreme form of punishment, doling out karmic fate to its thuggish denizens.

El Orejón is a violent and agoraphobic crime boss who lives surrounded by telescopes in a luxury high-rise apartment in the center of the city. When his godson William Medina is killed, he beseeches Iris, a voodoo priestess, to avenge the murder by casting a deadly spell on the shooter. While Iris conducts her black magic, miles from her a small-town heavy named Victor Peñaranda is carrying out a job to collect money from a slippery pair of twins. He makes a disastrous decision to break the sacred law of the crime world—he keeps the cash for himself. His choice unwittingly sets off a detonation pattern that wreaks havoc through two cities and the realm of the netherworld.

Energetic direction, beautiful lensing , and fantastic performances—led by Marlon Moreno and Oscar Borda—bring this gripping thriller to life. Perro Come Perro is one of the best genre films to come out of Colombia in years and marks Carlos Moreno as an exciting talent to watch.

— Shari Frilot

Screening Details

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