Los Hongos

(Los Hongos)
Oscar Ruiz Navia | Fiction, Drama

2014 | 95 minutes | Colombia

During the day, street artists RAS and Calvin band together with other graffiti artists to paint a tribute to student demonstrators.


During the day RAS is a construction worker. At night after work he tags the walls of his neighborhood east of Cali. RAS can’t sleep and is constantly day-dreaming. His mother, María, a sweet woman who migrated to the city from the jungle on the Pacific side of Colombia, worries that her son has been bewitched and will end up insane.

When RAS is fired from his job for stealing several cans of paint, which he is using to create a huge mural on the lot next to his house, he searches the city for his best friend Calvin, another young graffiti artist, who studies fine arts but is having some difficulties due to his parents’ divorce and his grandmother’s recurring cancer.

Like a couple of mushrooms, RAS and Calvin will sprout and wander aimlessly through the city on a journey of no return, infecting the world around them with immense freedom and hope.


"It is a true blessing that 'Los Hongos' avoids extreme violence or the low blow of unnecessary death. For contemporary Latin American cinema, this seems to be a genuine act of resistance to the imperatives of the global film market." - Diego Brodersen, Diario Página 12

Main credits

Ruiz Navia, Oscar (film director)
Ruiz Navia, Oscar (film producer)
Ruiz Navia, Oscar (screenwriter)
Bustamante Escobar, Diana (film producer)
Polanco Uribe, Gerylee (film producer)
Augusto Acevedo, César (screenwriter)
Marquinez Angulo, Jovan Alexis (actor)
Buenaventura Tascón, Calvin (actor)
Estrada, Atala (actor)
Ruiz Montoya, Gustavo (actor)

Other credits

Director of photography, Sofia Oggioni Hatty; editor, Felipe Guerrero; music, La Llegada del Dios Rata [and 5 others].

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Toronto International Film Festival; Locarno Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Oscar Ruiz Navia


YEAR: 2014

GENRE: Fiction, Drama


COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: High School, College, Adult



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