The short film “All inclusive” will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival

“All Inclusive” is first and foremost an intimate short film about the bereavement of a mother, inspired by the director’s own experience, who lost his mother to cancer.

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the short film All inclusive, from the director Duvan Duke Vargas and producer Franco Lolli, is a moving story about a recomposed family that suffers the consequences of a duel and, at the same time, is a sharp photograph of a society that lives trapped between appearances and that has been permeated at all levels by corruption and drug trafficking.

This co-production with France tells the story of Fer, an eleven-year-old boy who travels with his father and stepmother to a hotel in the Colombian eastern plains to have a good time with his family, something they haven’t had in a long time. Over there, Fer’s father must do a business that can change their lives forever, not necessarily for the better.

All inclusive is first and foremost an intimate short film about the bereavement of a mother, inspired by the director’s own experience, who lost his mother to cancer when he was two years old. However, it is also an original approach to one of the topics most treated by Colombian cinematography, as it is drug trafficking. The angle that this short film proposes regarding the subject is singular and unexpected, since it is seen from the eyes of a child who, understanding that his father, an upper-class man from Bogota who has come down, is preparing to launder money from drug traffickers, clings to more than ever to his stepmother.

Director Duvan Duke Vargas that in his previous shorts he portrays the upper class of Bogota and his desire to maintain his status at any cost, he confesses that All inclusive is a continuation of that project: “However, approaching this time around the problem of ‘easy money’ in our society, I did not want to do so by focusing on the big names of corruption scandals or mafia cartels, but on that layer more extensive and anonymous than the problem also permeates. All In is the portrait of a family that, like so many in our country, faces a moral dilemma as they struggle to stay afloat.”

This short film completes the Colombian quota in Toronto along with the feature films so much tenderness, by Lina Rodríguez and The pack by Andres Ramirez Pulido. Regarding the participation of the short film at TIFF, in competition in the official Short Cuts section dedicated to the best of world short films, the director adds:

“It is a joy to be able to premiere at a festival of the stature of Toronto, so important in the careers of many of the filmmakers who have inspired me the most. I am confident that this premiere will give us a boost when it comes to taking this short to as many places as possible. That is, in the end, what completes each project for a filmmaker: to feel how your project is received by different people in different ways in different parts of the world. It is also an honor to be able to contribute in this way to the good moment that the recognition of national cinema is experiencing.”

All Inclusive is a French-Colombian co-production. On the Colombian side is the production company Evidencia Filmsfounded by director Franco Lolli, who has produced works such as Gente de Bien, with Alejandra Borrero, and Litigante, with renowned writer Carolina Sanín, both selected at Cannes.

Also some of the most successful Colombian short films of recent years: Madre, by Simón Mesa Soto; The Tree House by Juan Sebastián Quebrada or Black Sun by Laura Huertas Millán. On the French side, there is the renowned production company Srab Films, winners of the Toscan du Plantier award for best producers of the year in France in 2020 and nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for their film The Miserables.

About the shoot

Filming took place on the outskirts of Villavicencio. It was decided to shoot during the world collection to be able to capture the fervor of the llanera culture on those dates in the most natural way possible, with a team made up of a mix of local, national, and international talent.

After a four-month casting process, looking at hundreds of options for professional and non-professional actors, Maximiliano Rojas, Alejandra Herrera and Leopoldo Serrano. None of the three had acted before.

Leopoldo, who plays the father, is an organic farming entrepreneur; Alejandra, who plays the stepmother, is the creator and director of Binario, a cultural space in the neighborhood San Felipe in Bogota; and Maximiliano is a twelve-year-old boy who wants to be a trap producer and, like all children his age, he goes to school. The latter shares with the director the experience of having lost his mother just a few years ago.

about the manager

Duván Duque Vargas studied film directing at the CICE school in Madrid and humanities at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. Masmelos, his previous short film, competed in more than 30 national and international festivals, including Guanajuato, Moscow and Vancouver. His previous works include Paila (best screenplay and actor in Bogoshorts), Tumaco and Pasó. He is currently writing his debut feature, deepening the themes of Todo inclus, and producing projects directed by other directors such as Cristina Sánchez’s Baby, which recently premiered in Tribeca.

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