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Edipo Alcalde

Fortnight 1996, Feature film, 1 h 40


In this screenplay, Gabriel Garcia Marquez gives his contemporary version of Sophocle’s Oedipus Rex. He replaces the Greek tragedy in present day Colombia, where the violence takes on the same meaning as the Thebes plague in Sophocles work. Alike Oedipus in the Greek tragedy, the Mayor must punish Layo’s murderers. His investigation directs him to the numerous armed group that exist in Colombia: paramilitary groups, guerilleros, druglords’henchmen, legal army, etc… And as the antique play, Layo’s premonitory dream comes tue: Oedipius becomes his father’s murderer, his mother’s husband, and his brother’s father…


Jorge Ali Triana

He was born in Bogota. He graduated at the cinema school in Prague and founded the drama and audiovisual arts Center that he heads today and where he directed about thirty plays. He is a producer and director for TV; he adapted best Latinoamerican authors in TV series ( Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Jorge Ibarguenguitia, Sergio Ramirez ). Yet he had collaborated with Gabriel Garcia Marquez for his first feature film, Tiempo de morir.

Angela Molina
Francisco Rabal
Jairo Camargo
Jorge Martinez de Hoyos
Jorge Perugorria
Miriam Colon

Gabriel Garcia MarquezStella MalagonOrlando Sennad’après “Oedipe roi” de Sophocle

Rodrigo Pietro

miguel Sandoval

Sigfrido Barjau

Set decoration
Jose Luis Aguilar

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Title in Original Version : Oedipe Maire