Theo Montoya

In collaboration with True/False Film Festival

Theo Montoya is a filmmaker, film director, director of photography and sometimes actor of his own movies.

He is the founder and director of the production company Desvio Visual, which is dedicated to the creation of auteur films and experimental films. His films have been shown at central festivals and art institutions such as Cannes,Venice, Idfa, Clermont Ferrand, Mar del plata film festival and have received numerous awards. His short film, Son of Sodom, was part of the Official Short Film Selection at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival and many other festivals around the world. With this film, he has won several awards, including the Grand Prix of the Drama film festival in Greece, the Best of short Documentary in Interfilm Berlin, and got a special Jury’s Mention in Clermont Ferrand’s Labo Competition.

Anhell69 his first feature film, a co-production between Colombia, Romania, France and Germany, premiered at the 37th Venice Critics' Week (79th Venice International Film Festival), won the Grand Jury Special Mention and 2 awards: Verona Film Club Award (awarded to the most innovative film of the section), Mario Serandrei - Hotel Saturnia Award (awarded for the best technical contribution) and a prize from the independent critics association of Venice, Bisato D'oro for the best screenplay. Anhell69 won the grand prize at festivals such as: Dok Leipzig, Gijon and Zinebi. It has been part of the official selection of: True False, SXSW, Mar del Plata Film Festival, RIDM, Habana film festival, Cinelatino Rencontres de Toulouse and many others.

ANHELL69 | 75 mins | 2022
Screening at True False Film Festival - March 2nd-5th, 2023

A funeral car cruises the streets of Medellín, while a young director tells the story of his past in this violent and conservative city. He remembers the pre-production of his first film, a Class-B movie with ghosts. The young queer scene of Medellín is casted for the film, but the main protagonist dies of a heroin overdose at the age of 21, just like many friends of the director. Anhell69 explores the dreams, doubts and fears of an annihilated generation, and the struggle to carry on making cinema.

Process materials available at Adrift Residency - March 2nd-26th, 2023

Conversation with the filmmaker goes live on the archive March 3rd, 2023

in residency
March 2 – 26
Film Inspiration I - Click on the image to access La Vendedora De Rosas
Film Inspiration II - Click on the image to access Rodrigo D No Futuro
Collage-Santiago Lari