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Crab Trap

(El Vuelco del Cangrejo)

by Oscar Ruíz Navia

Colombia/France 2009, 95 min, 35 mm

Set in the Afro-Colombian community of La Barra on Colombia’s Pacific coast, CRAB TRAP tells the story of both the drama of a young man, trying to flee his past, and the upcoming clash between a remote village and modernity, represented by two intruding foreigners.

Daniel arrives in the village looking for a boat to leave the country. He intends to stay for only a few days, but a strange shortage of fish has affected La Barra and the fishermen have been sailing far out to sea in hopes of finding new resources. These circumstances make Daniel’s search more difficult. In the meantime the villagers have their own issues: Cerebro, the leader of the community, is trying to adjust to the advent of modernity. The inhabitants never bothered to attest their ownership of the land they have lived on for many generations, until El Paisa, a landowner who wants to build a beach resort, arrived


Best Script - Quito Cero Latitud FF 2010
Critic‘s Prize, Student Jury Award - Gramado FF 2010
Special Youth Jury Mention - Open Doek FF 2010
Faisal Award Special Jury Mention - BAFICI 2010
Audience Award Vivat Lingua - CineLatino Tübingen 2010
Prix Découverte de la Critique Française, Prix du Rail d‘Or - Toulouse Latin-American FF 2010
Youth Jury Price - Fribourg IFF 2010
New Director‘s Award - Las Palmas IFF 2010
FIPRESCI Award - Berlin IFF 2010
Special Jury Price (Premio Coral) for the First Feature Film - La Habana IFF 2009


World Premiere: Toronto International Film Festival 2009
European Premiere: Berlinale Forum 2010
US-American Premiere: Miami IFF 2010

So far, CRAB TRAP has participated at more than 70 film festivals!

Cast & Crew

With: Rodrigo Vélez, Arnobio Salazar Rivas „Cerebro“, Jaime Andrés Castaño, Yisela Álvarez

Production: Contravia Films, Diana Bustamante, Arizona Films

Oscar Ruíz Navia

After studying at the National Film and TV School of Colombia Oscar Ruiz Navia had degree in Social Communications from Valley University. He was Assistant Director in the Feature Film Dog eat Dog by Carlos Moreno- Sundance Film Festival 2008 and Assistant Cinematographer in the feature films The King by Antonio Dorado and Others by Oscar Campo.

In 2006 he creates Contravía Films, an independent production company to produce his own films and the ones by other filmmakers. So far he has leaded the shorts Hideout and Migration by Marcela Gómez (European Premier at Visions du Réel, Nyon 2009). He worked for two years as coordinator of the Movie Club Cinema d'auteur in the Cultural Foundation Lugar A Dudas. With his First Feature Film EL VUELCO DEL CANGREJO (World Premier at Toronto Film Festival 2009) he got the Critic´s Award FIPRESCI at Berlin Film Festival (Forum) 2010. Currently he produces the feature in development La Sirga (The Towrope) by Willima Vega (Ibermedia and Carolina Foundation Winner) and writes his next project as director and writer Los Hongos.