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Colombia, Romania, France, Germany / 72' / 09/2022 / documentary

A funeral car cruises the streets of Medellín, while a young director tells the story of his past in this violent and conservative city. He remembers the pre- production of his first film, a B-movie with ghosts. The young queer scene of Medellín is casted for the film, but the main protagonist dies of a heroin overdose at the age of 21, just like many friends of the director. ANHELL69 explores the dreams, doubts and fears of an annihilated generation, and the struggle to carry on making cinema.

“This blast of queer punk melancholy is of the best discoveries from the sidebars in Venice.”
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“This blast of queer punk melancholy is of the best discoveries from the sidebars in Venice.”
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Theo Montoya


Theo Montoya, originally from Medellín, Colombia, is a director, cinematographer and producer. He is the founder and director of the production company Desvio Visual, which is dedicated to the creation of auteur films and experimental films.
His first short film, Son of Sodom, was part of the Official Short Film Selection at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival and many other festivals around the world.
With this film, he has won several awards, including the Grand Prix of the Drama film festival in Greece, the Best of short Documentary in Interfilm Berlin, and got a special Jury’s Mention in Clermont Ferrand’s Labo Competition.
ANHELL69 is his first feature film, a Colombian – Romanian – French – German co-production, having its world premiere at the 37th Venice Critics’ Week (79th Venice International Film Festival).


ANHELL69 – 2022 – feature documentary
Son of Sodom – 2020 – short documentary

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Director: Theo Montoya
Screenplay: Theo Montoya
Producer: Bianca Oana, David Hurst, Theo Montoya & Juan Pablo Castrillon
Co-Producers: Balthasar Busmann & Maximilian Haslberger
Production companies: Desvio Visual (Colombia), Monogram Film (Romania), Dublin Films (France), Amerikafilm (Germany)
Cinematographer: Theo Montoya
Sound Design: Eloisa Arcila Fernandez, Estephany Cano, Marius Leftărache,
Victor Miu, Marian Bălan, Dragoș Știrbu
Editor: Matthieu Taponier, Delia Oniga, Theo Montoya
Composer: Vlad Feneșan & Marius Leftărache
Cast: Alejandro Hincapié, Camilo Machado, Alejandro Mendigaña, Julián David Moncada, Camilo Najar, Juan Esteban Pérez, Sharllot Zodoma, Víctor Gaviria, Theo Montoya


  • Venice International Film Critics’ Week, Italy (31 August – 10 September, 2022)
    Official Selection Won: Verona Film Club Award for most innovative film in the section & Mario Serandrei – Hotel Saturnia for the best technical contribution & Jury Special Mention
  • DOK Leipzig – International Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, Germany (17 – 23 October, 2022) Won: Golden Dove
    International Competition
  • Mar del Plata International Film Festival, Argentina (3 – 13 November, 2022)
    Latin American Competition Special Mention in the Latin American Competition & Special Mention Best Latin American Director up to 35 Years
  • International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, the Netherlands (9 – 20 November, 2022)
    Best of Fest
  • Zinebi – International Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao, Spain (11 – 18 November, 2022) Won: Grand Award
    International Competition Won: Best First Film
  • Gijon International Film Festival, Spain (11 – 19 November, 2022)
    Tierres en Trance Competition Won: FIPRESCI Award for Best Film
  • Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal (RIDM), Canada (17- 27 November, 2022)
    International Competition Special Mention
  • Film Festival of India (IFFI Goa), India (20 – 28 November, 2022)
    INTERGRADE Section
  • Márgenes – International Film Festival, Spain (22 – 27 November, 2022)
    Official Selection Won: Award for Best Film
  • Muestra de Cine de Lanzarote, Spain (29 Nov – 4 Dec, 2022)
    Official Section
  • FIDBA – International Documentary Film Festival, Argentina (30 Nov – 4 Dec 2022) Competencia Internacional de Largometrajes Documentales
  • Festival Internacional de La Habana del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano, Cuba (1 – 11 December, 2022)
    Documentary Feature Competition Won: Feisal Award
  • this human world – Int. Human Rights, Austria (1 – 11 December, 2022)
    Up and Coming Competition
  • World Film Festival of Bangkok, Thailand (2 – 11 December, 2022)
    Documentary panorama


Press materials

EPK: Click here

Stills, poster & director’s photo: Click here

Dialogue list English, French, Romanian, Spanish, Italian: Click here

Trailer: Click here

Excerpts and trailer: Click here

Press quotes

“a defiantly hybrid piece that’s cunning, challenging and sometimes confusing, seemingly conceived to play out on the border between life and death itself”
“Both in its editing and visually, Anhell69 is often striking”
Review: Jonathan Holland – Screen Daily

“Despite the unimaginable darkness at the center of the film, Montoya’s deep compassion for his subjects shines through the fog of grief, giving the film a sense of affection that nearly presents itself as a shadow of hopefulness. The result is a gorgeous and undefinable portrait of a community steeped in magical realism.”
Festival review: Kari Paul – The Guardian

“a pulsating blast of queer punk”
Review: Boyd van Hoeij – The Film Verdict

“An alarming cri de coeur about how hard it is to be young and queer in Medellín”
Review: Davide Abbatescianni – Cineuropa

Gradually, this half-real, half-imaginative portrait of a lost generation imposes its own story and ultimately leads to a moving giddiness”
Review: Gregory Coutaut – Le Polyester

“a lyrical documentary about paternal nostalgia, haunted love and death in a conflicted Medellín, between icons of Jesus Christ and posters of Britney Spears.”
Review: Carolina Iacucci – CINEMATOGRAPHE

“A first work that succeeds, with great imaginative fluidity, in blending personal and collective memory.”
Review: Elisa Battistini – QUINLAN

“The highly political film Anhell69 finds its moments of greatest grace when it lingers (politically, poetically) with its young protagonists”
Review: Alessandro Izzi – CLOSE UP

“One of the little surprises of this Venice Critics’ Week, no doubt.”
Review: Riccardo Lo Re – TAXIDRIVERS

“An act of memory and a tribute to Colombian cinema, that is Anhell69”
Announcement: Erika Ardila – AL DIA