Contemporary World Cinema
SIFF Says:Javier, a Spanish doctor attending a conference in Cali, Colombia, meets a beautiful dancer named Angie and they have a whirlwind romance. Back in Madrid, Javier can’t forget her and soon he returns to Colombia, but Angie is preoccupied with fending off her boorish ex-boyfriend and leading her dance troupe in their audition for “Delirio,” the world’s biggest salsa show. CIUDAD DELIRIO is a rousing, romantic story of one man’s determination to win over the woman he loves, against a swirling backdrop of exuberant music and dance. A huge hit in its native Colombia, this is a departure for award-winning director Chus Gutiérrez: he grounds the film in a naturalistic sense of place but allows it to spin out into glittery, high-octane dance sequences, choreographed by Bianca Li (who has worked with Beyoncé, Almodóvar, and Gaultier amongst others). With swirling, gliding camera moves and energetic editing, the film captures the raw energy of salsa music, leaving audiences ready to get up and dance!
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