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EL EMPANTANADO takes you over the Colombian mountains, underwater, out to sea, and into the tormented psyche of Juan Gaviria, kidnap victim, war hero, and master manipulator, as he struggles to understand how to keep his sanity and save his marriage during a scuba diving weekend in the Florida Keys.

GENREPsychological Thriller

WRITER/DIRECTORFelipe Echavarría

PRODUCERMaggie Drayton

MAIN CASTDiego Cadavid, Paola Mendoza, Mark Schardan & Jeanine Mason

LANGUAGEEnglish & Spanish

Technical Specs83 minutes / Color /  2.35 : 1  / 4k

 

 

 

 

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overview


LOG-LINE

EL EMPANTANADO takes you over the Colombian mountains, underwater, out to sea, and into the tormented psyche of Juan Gaviria, kidnap victim, war hero, and master manipulator, as he struggles to understand how to keep his sanity and save his marriage during a scuba diving weekend in the Florida Keys.

GENREPsychological Thriller

WRITER/DIRECTORFelipe Echavarría

PRODUCERMaggie Drayton

MAIN CASTDiego Cadavid, Paola Mendoza, Mark Schardan & Jeanine Mason

LANGUAGEEnglish & Spanish

Technical Specs83 minutes / Color /  2.35 : 1  / 4k

 

 

 

 

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SYNOPSIS


Armed-conflict journalist, Juan Gaviria, escapes after four years in captivity at the mercy of Colombian Guerillas. Portrayed as a national hero for having killed the head of the rebel organization, Juan returns to his home in Bogota, only to discover an altered version of the life he once lived.

Juan’s best friend and college roommate, Daniel, an American who was once a Latin America correspondent, has found himself unemployed and in the midst of a divorce. More unsettling, Juan has received confirmation of rumors regarding his marriage. His wife, Andrea, has admitted having an affair with Daniel in her husband’s absence. Not being free of sin, Juan decides to forgive.

At Juan’s insistence, to prove that there are no hard feelings, he and Andrea accompany Daniel to Key Largo on a scuba diving weekend, a trip that was once a tradition between old friends. While struggling with the traumatic memories from captivity, he starts to question his wife's true motives for staying with him. Juan deeply desires the truth, but his twisted quest could leave him alone again.

EL EMPANTANADO takes you over the Colombian mountains, underwater, out to sea, and into the tormented psyche of a master manipulator as he struggles to keep his sanity and save his marriage.

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS


Armed-conflict journalist, Juan Gaviria, escapes after four years in captivity at the mercy of Colombian Guerillas. Portrayed as a national hero for having killed the head of the rebel organization, Juan returns to his home in Bogota, only to discover an altered version of the life he once lived.

Juan’s best friend and college roommate, Daniel, an American who was once a Latin America correspondent, has found himself unemployed and in the midst of a divorce. More unsettling, Juan has received confirmation of rumors regarding his marriage. His wife, Andrea, has admitted having an affair with Daniel in her husband’s absence. Not being free of sin, Juan decides to forgive.

At Juan’s insistence, to prove that there are no hard feelings, he and Andrea accompany Daniel to Key Largo on a scuba diving weekend, a trip that was once a tradition between old friends. While struggling with the traumatic memories from captivity, he starts to question his wife's true motives for staying with him. Juan deeply desires the truth, but his twisted quest could leave him alone again.

EL EMPANTANADO takes you over the Colombian mountains, underwater, out to sea, and into the tormented psyche of a master manipulator as he struggles to keep his sanity and save his marriage.

 

 

 

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DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT


I wanted to tell a story that I would want to watch both as a movie buff and as a filmmaker. A story that could be told with the resources available to me without compromising production value. A story with characters, plot, landscapes, and cultures that I could relate to; one that both my Colombian and non-Colombian friends would want to watch. A story that would force me to grow both as a filmmaker and as person. In EL EMPANTANADO I found that story.

The story  came about from an attempt to define to myself when love is not longer love. The film is not really about the horrors of captivity or the consequences that such event could have in relationships, but rather about the fine line between love and codependency. While writing the script, I had the opportunity to talk with kidnap victims whose families were affected by the months and years of separation. Some of them were able to reconnect with their love-ones. Some of them were not. Those whose relationships did not heal saw their kidnapping experience not as the reason for their dissociation but rather as a catalyst. This is the role that kidnapping would have had in this narrative, had it not been for profound codependency between the three main characters. With EL EMPANTANADO, my attempt is not to give answers, but rather to generate questions about our own choice of being vulnerable or being codependent.

I look forward to the process of sharing EL EMPANTANADO with audiences around the world. Making this film has been such a crazy adventure. I am thankful to my producer for being awesome and making it happen, to my team for their discipline and talent, to my mentors for their guidance, to investors for their trust, and to my family and friends for their emotional support. A todos, mil gracias.          

– FELIPE ECHAVARRIA

 

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT


I wanted to tell a story that I would want to watch both as a movie buff and as a filmmaker. A story that could be told with the resources available to me without compromising production value. A story with characters, plot, landscapes, and cultures that I could relate to; one that both my Colombian and non-Colombian friends would want to watch. A story that would force me to grow both as a filmmaker and as person. In EL EMPANTANADO I found that story.

The story  came about from an attempt to define to myself when love is not longer love. The film is not really about the horrors of captivity or the consequences that such event could have in relationships, but rather about the fine line between love and codependency. While writing the script, I had the opportunity to talk with kidnap victims whose families were affected by the months and years of separation. Some of them were able to reconnect with their love-ones. Some of them were not. Those whose relationships did not heal saw their kidnapping experience not as the reason for their dissociation but rather as a catalyst. This is the role that kidnapping would have had in this narrative, had it not been for profound codependency between the three main characters. With EL EMPANTANADO, my attempt is not to give answers, but rather to generate questions about our own choice of being vulnerable or being codependent.

I look forward to the process of sharing EL EMPANTANADO with audiences around the world. Making this film has been such a crazy adventure. I am thankful to my producer for being awesome and making it happen, to my team for their discipline and talent, to my mentors for their guidance, to investors for their trust, and to my family and friends for their emotional support. A todos, mil gracias.          

– FELIPE ECHAVARRIA

 

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PRODUCER'S STATEMENT


As a Producer I am in search of two things; originality and marketability, and often times in the industry these two characteristics do not come hand in hand. However, when a story comes your way that can be described as both, the feeling is remarkable and the search is over. When Felipe first pitched me EL EMPANTANADO, I saw a hybrid between a high concept film and a character driven drama. It presents true entertainment value in the form of scuba diving, kidnapping, sex, and the appeal of an secluded island landscape, yet it is full of substance that will captivate the audience on a cerebral level through mystery, a complex sociopolitical context, and each character’s intense psychological struggle.

The audience we are attracting doesn't come to the theater to turn their mind off for 90 minutes. They want to leave entertained, with an emotional attachment to the characters, and a slightly different perspective. If they aren't talking about it the next day, we haven't done our jobs.

This discussion is prompted and feeling achieved through intelligent and original subject matter that challenges traditional constructs, but doesn’t stray from cinematic techniques and storytelling principles that define the films we love - the films Felipe and I have spent long nights studying.

As the Producer of EL EMPANTANADO, I am confident that what we have in our grasp, is a motion picture that will embody these unique characteristics, take the festival circuit by storm, and marry the worlds of Latin American cinema and US Independent cinema. This confidence stems from a belief in our team, as well as a deep respect for writer/director Felipe Echavarria’s process, creative discipline, and tenacity. Their passion and talent will propel EL EMPANTANADO to compete with bigger budget motion pictures, and in turn we will define our team's voice and style in the independent world.

– MAGGIE DRAYTON

PRODUCER'S STATEMENT


As a Producer I am in search of two things; originality and marketability, and often times in the industry these two characteristics do not come hand in hand. However, when a story comes your way that can be described as both, the feeling is remarkable and the search is over. When Felipe first pitched me EL EMPANTANADO, I saw a hybrid between a high concept film and a character driven drama. It presents true entertainment value in the form of scuba diving, kidnapping, sex, and the appeal of an secluded island landscape, yet it is full of substance that will captivate the audience on a cerebral level through mystery, a complex sociopolitical context, and each character’s intense psychological struggle.

The audience we are attracting doesn't come to the theater to turn their mind off for 90 minutes. They want to leave entertained, with an emotional attachment to the characters, and a slightly different perspective. If they aren't talking about it the next day, we haven't done our jobs.

This discussion is prompted and feeling achieved through intelligent and original subject matter that challenges traditional constructs, but doesn’t stray from cinematic techniques and storytelling principles that define the films we love - the films Felipe and I have spent long nights studying.

As the Producer of EL EMPANTANADO, I am confident that what we have in our grasp, is a motion picture that will embody these unique characteristics, take the festival circuit by storm, and marry the worlds of Latin American cinema and US Independent cinema. This confidence stems from a belief in our team, as well as a deep respect for writer/director Felipe Echavarria’s process, creative discipline, and tenacity. Their passion and talent will propel EL EMPANTANADO to compete with bigger budget motion pictures, and in turn we will define our team's voice and style in the independent world.

– MAGGIE DRAYTON