Cinema in 2022: The massive return to theaters and the brilliance of Colombian cinema

Three names marked the success of the colombian cinema in the main festivals of the world. The films by Laura Mora, Theo Montoya and Andrés Ramírez garnered important prizes and recognitions in Cannes, Venice, Biarritz and San Sebastián.
2022 was a slow and wonderful flowering of the local film industry: a new generation of filmmakers made their way into the main festivals of the world with their visions of the country, the ones they project in their productions and with which they conquered audiences, critics and juries. in other latitudes.

(Besides: Guillermo del Toro says that ‘Elvis’ is the best film of 2022)

Paisa Theo Montoya received an award for his film ANHELL69 at the 37th Venice International Critics’ Week, an event parallel to the Venice Film Festival that ended on September 10. The jury awarded him a special mention, as well as the Circolo del Cinema di Verona award for the “most innovative” work and the Mario Serandrei Award for his technique.

At the beginning of the year, Andrés Ramírez Pulido did the same with La jauría, but in the cannes film festival, during the 61st Critics’ Week, which was held in parallel. The story of troubled teenagers that nourish the director and screenwriter’s first feature, is a tacit story about violence and the influence of environments.

Jhojan Jiménez is the protagonist of ‘La pack’, a portrait of young people over whom a violent shadow of the preceding generation falls.


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But the one who stole all eyes was Laura Mora with her second feature, The Kings of the World, which was chosen as the best in the official competitions in San Sebastián, in Spain; at the Zurich Film Festival, in Switzerland, and at the Biarritz Amérique Latine Festival, in France.

Last week, The Kings of the world he was left out of the Oscars competition –in which he represented Colombia in the international film category–.

Other Colombian films that stood out were Un parcero en Nueva York, by Harold Trumpetero, Amparo, by Simón Mesa (it is from 2021 but this one was released), The film justifies the media, by Juan Jacobo del Castillo; If God were a woman, by Angélica Cervera; Entre la niebla, by Augusto Sandino, and El árbol rojo, by Joan Gómez.

movies of the year

‘The Batman’: a great start to a new superhero cycle.

‘Coda’: remake of the French film was a revelation. It even took the Oscar for best picture.

‘Belfast’: the most emotional of the year: the moment we left everything behind.

‘Top Gun: Maverick’: not only the highest grossing, but an exciting return to the 80s.

‘Everything Everywhere at the Same Time’: Wacky and brilliant martial arts story.

‘La abuela’ and ‘Cerdita’: two horror film masterpieces.

Guillermo del Toro and his Pinocchio.

‘Pinocchio’: Guillermo del Toro makes a risky and intelligent version of the classic tale.

‘Flee’: There were many animated films, but this one, about a gay Afghan refugee, was the top.

‘Bardo’ and ‘Argentina, 1985’: the Latin American shows, along with ‘The Kings of the World’.

‘Elvis’: a different perspective, that of his exploiter, and a spectacular staging.

‘The black phone’: the best of psychopaths.

‘The beasts’: from the great harvest of Spanish cinema, this story about human relations and xenophobia stands out.

‘Nope!’: Jordan Peele adds the thriller with aliens and racism. Great story.
‘Emergency in the air’: one of those that take the spectator’s breath away.

‘Bowie, Moonage Dream’: the documentary of the year.

‘Elvis’, by Baz Luhrmann.

the indelible slap

If I had to choose a movie image to remember this 2022 it would be the slap that Will Smith he gave Chris Rock the night of the Oscars, an incident that continues to make people talk and has come to eclipse other key moments in the history of these awards.

An indelible memory that now that the year is ending the actor wants to leave behind, with a new film and role. There was little chance that an event would mark the delivery of the Oscar with greater impact than the one caused by actors Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty in 2017 when they presented the most anticipated Oscar of the night to La La Land, when the winner for best picture was Moonlight. But the Men in Black actor pulled it off last March, when he left his front-row seat to walk onto the Dolby Theater stage and slap the host and comedian across the face. Chris Rock, that he had just made a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. Awkward laughter, astonishment and bewilderment.

The American artist starred in a violent act that went around the world: he hit comedian Chris Rock.

Many of the attendees – and millions of people who followed the gala live – took a few minutes to find out what was happening, and many thought it was a gala joke or a tactic to improve the audience. The doubts were dispelled by Smith himself when very shortly after he went out to collect his award as best actor for his role in King Richard and he did so with a contorted face and his face bathed in tears, trying to justify with his speech what he had just done. . Little else is remembered about this gala. The slap, the lack of an immediate reaction from the Academy and the debates for or against the behavior of Smith and Rock took over the media and social networks. Then came the veto of the Academy – which prevents Smith from returning to the gala in a decade – and two projects that the actor had with Sony and Netflix were stopped, with which the artist was another victim of the so-called culture of the cancellation.


The Tom Cruise-starring film Top Gun: Maverick, the dinosaur movie Jurassic World: Dominion and the Marvel production Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Sadness were the highest-grossing films in the world in 2022. The second part of the film that follows the story of naval aviator Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchel, played by Cruise, exceeded the figure of 1,488 million dollars at the international box office, of which 48.3% of its earnings They were generated in the United States, according to the Box Mojo Office portal. With Top Gun: Maverik, Cruise managed to surpass the box office success that Mission: Impossible-Fallout brought him in 2018, which raised more than 791 million dollars; however, it did not exceed the $1.906 million that Spider-Man: No Way Home grossed in 2021.

Tom Cruise reprises his role as Captain Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell in the sequel ‘Top Gun: Maverick’.

Jurassic World: Dominion, with more than 1,001 million dollars, was the second most popular of 2022. Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern and Sam Neill, it was the culmination of the Jurassic World universe, which evoked the nostalgia of the decade from 1990.

Third place is occupied by Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Sadness, with more than 955 million dollars accumulated at the box office.

The list continues with titles like Minions: The Rise of Gru ($939 million), Black Panther: Wakanda Forever ($789 million), The Batman ($770 million) and Thor: Love and Thunder ($760 million). ).

those who left


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Olivia Newton John
Peter Bogdanovich
Anne Héche
ray liotta
Leslie Moore
Ivan Reitmann
Monica Vitti
sidney poitier
robbie coltrane
Paul Sorvino
louise fletcher
Jean-Marc Valle
Gaspard Uliel

Jean Luc Godard
Angela Landsbury
Robert Morse
David Warner
meat loaf
taylor hawkins
Jason David Frank (Power Rangers)
wolfgang petersen
Tony Sirico
James Caan
Kristie Allie
Angelo Badalamenti

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