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- PHAEDRA
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- THE YEARS OF THE BIG HEAT
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- THAT'S LIFE
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- ORPHEUS
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- ULYSSES
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- VOYAGE TO CYTHERA
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EDIPO ALCADE
Colombia-Mexico-Spain, 1996


Directed by: Jorge Ali Triana. Screenplay: Gabriel Garc_a M_rquez, Stella Malagon, Orlando Senna. Director of Photography: Rodrigo Pietro. Set Design: José Luis Aguilar. Costume Design: Rosario Lozano. Music: Blas Emilio Atehortua. Film Editor: Sigfrido Barjau. Cast: Jorge Perugorria (Mayor), Angela Molina (Jocasta), Francisco Rabal (Tiresias), Jairo Camargo (Creon), Jorge Marti_nez de Hoyos (the priest), Miriam Colon (Deianira), Armando Gutiérrez (captain). Produced by Jorge S_nchez for Amaranta, Grupo Colombia, Caracol Television, Sogetel, Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografia, Tabasco Films. Duration: 98 min. Colour.

A new mayor arrives at an isolated Colombian village, on the mountain range of the Andes, with a mission of bringing peace in order to put an end to the clash among governmental army, guerrillas, militia groups, the villagers’ defence and the mercenaries of landowners and drug-dealers. His arrival coincides with the abduction and murder of an important landowner, Laios, which he is called upon to resolve and punish the guilty ones. The mayor confesses to Jocasta, Laios’ widow, that he was born in this area and raised by a military family. In turn, she confesses that her marriage to her husband was loveless and becomes his lover. The mayor suspects Creon, Jocasta’s brother, to be the instigator of the abduction. Creon leads a group of mercenaries trying to impose order through the terrorism of weapons. Along with the regional priest, he tries to put his pacifistic message across, but he fails. The village is massacred, the priest is killed and the army interferes to bring order. A blind carpenter, Tiresias, reveals the terrible secret of his birth to the mayor; he is the son of Jocasta and Laios, whom he killed unaware during an armed conflict, when he first arrived to assume his new duties. Jocasta begs him not to go over a past that can bring only pain, but in the face of his denial, she commits suicide with a pair of scissors. Years later, we see the mayor wandering blind and clothed in tattered rags along a city highway.

Oedipus at Colombia
By Babis Aktsoglou

" The mayor-king of the film is the image of my generation. He dreams of a world of peace and harmony, but today’s materialism proves that he is the only blind one," says Jorge Ali Triana, director of the Gabriel Garcia M_rquez script, a contemporary adaptation of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex. The plot was transferred to modern-day Colombia. The violence that smites the country, substitutes the plague of ancient Thebes. The main character (anonymous, bearing only the title of his office – Mayor – a government official) investigates the murder of a local nobleman by the name of Laios. The investigation leads him to the activities of several competitive groups, which are the final pieces to the puzzle of violence in Latin America: militia, guerrillas, conventional army, drug cartels, etc. Unfortunately for him, Destiny has already decided on his course and our hero, like the mythical Oedipus, will kill, unbeknownst to him, his own father and will engage in a sexual relationship with his mother, according to the more ominous predictions of the blind Tiresias (performed by Francisco Rabal with a broken voice and cataract in his eyes, reminding us of his better times, while working with Bu_uel). He also fails abysmally in his attempt to reform the area and bring democracy. This land is still barbaric and a long time will pass until the sacrifice of some heroes (regardless of mythological origin) or the tragic will of Fate bring upon some social and governmental changes, like those pointed out by Pasolini in his three approaches to ancient tragedy (the passing from a tyrannical regime of brutality to that of Democracy and rational justice).
For those who are bewildered by the coupling of Sophocles and M_rquez, they should know that this adaptation of Oedipus had been in mulling his mind for a long time. In Marquez’s own words: the play is "the best police plot ever written: the detective and the guilty one are the same person and while the investigation progresses, all the clues bring him closer to his own self." Jorge Ali Triana used to advantage both the intrigue of the mystery as well as the heroes’ dilemma (posed primarily by Jocasta) not to further investigate a truth that will destroy them, creating a truly contemporary film on a classical myth.