THE NIGHT OF THE BEAST / LA NOCHE DE LA BESTIA
On the day of Iron Maiden’s first ever concert in Colombia, two teenage metalheads wander around the streets of Bogotá. A few hours before their dream comes true, a gang robs them of their most valuable possession: tickets to see their favourite band. From constant headbanging to ditching school and from the first pangs of love to the sweet melancholy of youth, this debut by Mauricio Leiva-Cock constitutes a love letter to the teenage years of every metalhead who at some point frantically belted out “live to fly, fly to live, aces high”.
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COLOMBIA, MEXICO | 2020 | COLOR | DCP | 70' | SPANISH
In February 2008, Iron Maiden played for the first time in Bogotá, capital of (poverty-stricken) Colombia, in front of tens of thousands of metalheads. During the concert there was rioting and police violence. With this material, Mauricio Leiva-Cock follows two young best pals and great fans of the band, that cannot wait to live their historic moment.
Armed with these and in a mood for an urban road movie and a story of beautiful and ‘wild’ youth, Leiva-Cock composes a fast, complex and touching study that connects the dots between the often-misunderstood metal-fan world, friendship, the violent socio-political climate of a country’s lost generation, Catholicism and the undying hope for a better future. I.D.
DIRECTOR: Mauricio Leiva-Cock
SCREENWRITERS: Mauricio Leiva-Cock, Benjamín Figueroa Garcia
DoP: Carlos Andrés López
MUSIC: Aleph, Jorge Leiva
EDITORS: Gil González Penilla, Andrés López
PRINCIPAL CAST: Daniel Reyes, Esteban Galindo, Verónica Mosquera, Jaimo Vargas, Yaima Morfa, Marcelo Henao
Colombian director, screenwriter, editor and producer, based in his country. He studied at Columbia University. A founding member of Fidelio Films and creator of ‘Green Frontier’ for Netflix. This is his feature film debut.
2020 The Night of the Beast