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A Male

A Male

Fabián Hernandez

Colombia, Netherlands, France, Germany | 2022 | Genre: Drama | first feature film | running time: 82’

festivals & awards

Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, Cannes 2022


Carlos lives in a youth shelter in the center of Bogota, a kind of refuge trying to mitigate the harshness of life. Its Christmas and Carlos longs to spend the day with his mother and sister, who are lost in the spiral of urban violence.
As he leaves the shelter, Carlos is confronted with the rigor of the streets in his neighborhood, where the law of the strongest, the alfa ‘macho’, rules. As he seeks for a family reunion, Carlos must show he can be one of them. While deep inside him, he must face decisions, contradicting these expressions of masculinity.
Un varón is Fabian Hernandez ‘s first film. A sensitive and complex work based on his own life experiences, his neighborhood, and his upbringing and reflections on gender.


A Male
original title

Un Varón




Colombia, Netherlands, France, Germany

running time


produced by

Medio de Contención Producciones (Colombia)

in co-production with

In Vivo Films (France), Fortuna Films (Netherlands) and Black Forest Films (Germany)

directed by

Fabián Hernandez

TFL Programmes

FeatureLab projects 2019

TFL Awards

TFL Co-Production Award € 50,000

Fabian Hernández

Scriptwriter, Film Director

Manuel Ruíz Montealegre