A Male

Un varon

63rd TIFF: Greek Premiere

A Dickensian story that effortlessly queers the gangland coming-of-age film, takes us to the heart of Bogotá, in a youth shelter where teenage Carlos spends his everyday life. It's Christmas and he longs to spend the day with his family. As he leaves the shelter for the holidays, Carlos is confronted with the brutality of his neighborhood, ruled by the law of the strongest, the alpha male. He must prove he can be one of them, while deep inside, these expressions of masculinity clash with the decisions he must make in order to survive. A rite of passage that reveals the vulnerability, the latent restlessness for that desired masculinity that hides the fear of something much deeper in a man's psyche, ultimately deconstructing the ready-made, toxic stereotypes dominating human existence and social behavior. A film inspired by actual events from the filmmaker’s own personal experiences growing up in a patriarchal society with its machismo and in the company of “real men.“

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Fabian Hernández
Script: Fabian Hernández
Cinematography: Sofía Oggioni
Editing: Esteban Muñoz
Sound: Isabel Torres, Jean-Guy Veran
Music: Mike Kourtzer, Fabien Kourtzer
Actors: Dylan Felipe Ramírez, Jonathan Steven Rodriguez, Juanita Carrillo Ortiz, Enrique Valencia Garzón, Camilio Riaño
Production: Medio de Contención Producciones
Producers: Manuel Ruiz Montealegre, Louise Bellicaud, Claire Charles-Gervais, Ilse Hughan, Christoph Hahnheiser, Josune Hahnheiser
Co-production: In Vivo Films, Fortuna Films, Black Forest Films GmbH, RTVC Play
Production Design: Juan David Bernal
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Colombia, France, The Netherlands, Germany
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 82΄
Contact: Cercamon
Awards/Distinctions: Special Prize of the Jury for Best Film (Fiction), Best Actor Award, Best Cinematography Award (Fiction), International Critics Award – Festival de Cine de Lima PUCP 2022

Fabian Hernández

Fabián Hernández was born in Bogotá in 1985. He has written, directed, and produced his first short films with his company Níquel Films which he founded in 2015. He has also worked as an assistant director in film productions all over Colombia. In addition to his career as a director, he taught Script and Film in public schools in Bogotá. He is currently developing his new feature film, The Birds.


2015 Mala Maña (short)
2016 Tras la Montaña (short)
2020 Golpe y Censura (short)
2022 A Male