King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center
JUNE 14, 2018. 7:15 PM. 


King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center

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ORIGINAL TITLE: La defensa del dragón 
DIRECTOR: Natalia Santa

PRODUCERS: Ivette Liang, Nicolás Ordóñez, Natalia Santa, Ivan Herrera

CAST: Gonzalo de Sagarminaga, Hernan Mendez, Manuel Navarro, Maia Landaburu, Martha Leal, Laura Osma, Victoria Hernandez

Date completed: 2017

Country: Colombia

Film Category: Drama

Length of Film: 80 min


Being afraid to lose is like being afraid to live.

This is the story of three old friends in downtown Bogotá. A chess player and small-time gambler, a watch-maker who refuses to close down his shop, and a Spanish homeopath obsessed with poker. They spend their days between the legendary chess
club Lasker, The Caribbean Casino, and La Normanda, a coffee shop. Finding comfort in the confines of their routines, they avoid facing failure at all costs. When this comfort is put at risk, however, each man will have to figure out that in life, as in love, it’s never
too late to take a chance.


Natalia Santa was born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1977. She studied Literature and after graduating went into editorial media, working for the publishing house Alfaguara and Taurus in Colombia. She began screenwriting in 2002 with teen mini-series for television.


Since then she has developed several audio-visual projects in which she has endeavored to explore the intimate universes of the characters portrayed. Her film LA DEFENSA DEL DRAGÓN was selected for the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes 2017.

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