10th edition CIFF – 10-14 April 2024

hongos, Los (2015 Feature Film)

Oscar Ruiz Navia | Colombia, Argentina, France, Germany | 2014 | 103 min | Spanish

Personally and autobiographically inspired drama about two skater friends who are at the heart of the colourful, noisy street and youth culture of Cali, Colombia. With a lot of warm heart, Ruiz portrays Ras and Calvin, who are looking for their own voice, a stage and of course freedom, love and fun.

Friends Ras and Calvin criss-cross the Colombian provincial city of Cali – birthplace of filmmaker Oscar Ruiz Navia – by skateboard and BMX looking for money to buy paint, an empty wall to fill, and something greater to be part of.

Coming from totally different social backgrounds, but equally alienated from their parents, they share a striking friendship. They recognise kindred spirits in a YouTube film of the Arab Spring, which inspires them to provide a contribution to a collective piece with a group of local street artists. Hongos, ‘mushrooms’, the director calls them: they thrive on rotting matter.

Just as in his debut Crab Trap, Ruiz Navia mixes documentary and fiction to capture the diffuse reality of his characters. Painting is never far away: some tableaux breathe the dreamy atmosphere of primitivism, for instance in scenes that portray the almost idyllic bond between Calvin and his grandmother.

Place: The Cinemas 3

Date: 26 March 2015

Time: 16:30

Duration: 2:00

Place: The Cinemas 4

Date: 28 March 2015

Time: 17:30

Duration: 2:00

Place: The Cinemas 3

Date: 29 March 2015

Time: 11:00

Duration: 1:45

Year in



Oscar Ruiz Navia


Felipe Guerrero


Jovan Alexis Marquinez Angulo
Calvin Buenaventura Tascón
Atala Estrada
Gustavo Ruiz Montoya
María Elvira Solis
Dominique Tonnelier
Ángela García


Daniela Shneider
Alejandro Franco




103 min


Sebastián Escofet
La Llegada del Dios Rata
Zalama Crew


Oscar Ruiz Navia
Gerylee Polanco Uribe
Diana Bustamante Escobar
Nicolás Avruj
Guillaume de Seille
Titus Kreyenberg

Production Company

Contravia Films
Burning Blue
El Campo Cine
Arizona Films

Production Design

Leandro de Loredo
Frédéric Théry
César Salazar


FiGa Films


Oscar Ruiz Navia
César Augusto Acevedo

Sound Design

Leandro de Loredo
Frédéric Théry
César Salazar

Year of Production



Oscar RUIZ NAVIA (1982, Colombia) studied Social Communications and Journalism. Thereafter he focused on the development and production of independent cinema in Colombia and founded the production company Contravia Films. His film debut Crab Trap won a Fipresci Award at the Berlinale in 2010. Los hongos (2014), his second feature as a director, was supported by the Hubert Bals Fund.



Al vacío 1,2,3 (2006, short), En la barra hay un Cerebro (2008, short doc), El vuelco del cangrejo/Crab Trap (2009), Solecito (2013, short), Los hongos (2014)