Sixteen year old Mateo collects extortion money on behalf of his uncle and uses his pay to help out his mother, who grudgingly accepts the ill-gotten money out of need. They live by themselves in the poor, violent neighbourhoods alongside the Magdalena River valley in Colombia. To prove his worth, Mateo agrees to infiltrate a local theatre group in order to uncover its members’ political activities. As he becomes enthralled with the free-flowing creative lifestyle of the troupe, his uncle’s demands on him escalate and forces Mateo to make a series of difficult choices.
Mateo is Columbia’s submission for the Best Foreign Language film at next year’s Oscars and is the first film by Maria Gamboa. On the basis of this powerful and affecting film she is certain to have a great career ahead of her.
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