Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Gente de Bién

Year: 2014
Run Time: 86 minutes

Gente de Bién
Gente de Bién
Gente de Bién
Gente de Bién
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GENTE DE BIÉN, which translates as both “well-off people” and “decent people,” tells the story of a boy’s introduction to the realities of income inequality. Eric is ten and lives with his extended family in chaotic circumstances in Bogota. He’s suddenly taken to live with his father Gabriel, whom he barely knows. Gabriel is a semi-employed carpenter who can barely keep his own head above water. His biggest client is Maria Isabel, a well-meaning professor. She invites him to join a group of friends at her country house, where she has furniture that needs repair, suggesting he bring along Eric for a holiday. Gabriel reluctantly agrees. Though Eric initially enjoys horseback riding and days in the pool with other boys, he and Gabriel soon realize they’re out of their element. With characters on both sides of the economic divide displaying strengths and weaknesses, the film avoids stereotypes and features a genuine performance by young Brayan Santamaría as Eric. (In Spanish with subtitles) – B.B.

CIFF39 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 6:20 PM -
Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 7:45 PM

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 9:20 AM -
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 10:45 AM

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 11:40 AM -
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 1:05 PM

Cinema en Español

Franco Lolli

Born in Colombia, writer-director Franco Lolli studied filmmaking in France. He lives in both Paris and Bogota, where he teaches cinema at the university and is a film critic.


Grégoire Debailly

Franco Lolli, Catherine Paillé, Virginie Legeay

Oscar Durán

Nicolas Desmaison, Julie Duclaux

Principal Cast
Brayan Santamaría, Carlos Fernando Pérez, Alejandra Borrero, Santiago Martínez, Sofía Rivas

Film Contact

This film is presented with the generous support of NANCE HIKES and MICHAEL MELAMPY.

Community Partner

InterReligious Task Force on Central America & Colombia

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