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Los Hongos

Los Hongos

Oscar Ruíz Navia

Colombia, France, Argentina, Germany | 2014 | Genre: Drama | second feature film | running time: 103’

"A sure-handedly executed drama that tackles numerous human and social issues in an unpretentious and sincerely touching way."  
Vladan Petkovic - Cineuropa

TFL Awards

TFL Production Award 2010 (€ 50.000)

festivals & awards

Cineasti del presente, Locarno International Film Festival 2014 / Special Jury Prize


Ras is a young man living in Cali. His mother Maria is a sweet woman who came to live in Cali from the tropical Pacific coast. During the day Ras works as a construction worker, earing money that he needs to support his mother. At night he sprays graffiti on the walls of his neighbourhood. He cannot sleep and starts daydreaming. His mother is increasingly worried, thinking he might be possessed or end up insane. One day, Ras is fired for stealing several cans of paints that he need to spray a big mural on his house. With no money he wanders through the city, looking for Calvin, another graffiti artist who studies art. He too is in a difficult situation because his family is disintegrating and his grandmother is ill with cancer. The two young man meander through the town and like two mushrooms they contaminate their environment with an immense sense of liberty.


Los Hongos
original title

Los Hongos




Colombia, France, Argentina, Germany

running time


produced by

Burning Blue - Colombia
Contravia Films - Colombia

in co-production with

Arizona Productions - France
unafilm - Germany
El Campo Cine - Argentina

directed by

Oscar Ruíz Navia


FiGa Films

Two young street artists explore the vibrant and exciting city of Cali.
TFL Programmes

FrameWork 2011

Oscar Ruíz Navia

Scriptwriter, Film Director, Production

Diana Bustamante


Guillaume De Seille

Distribution, Production