Los Fantasmas

Los Fantasmas

'Los Fantasmas’ is the first film from Guatemala to compete at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. In ‘Los Fantasmas’, Lojo explores the contradictions of characters lost like ghosts within a violent urban context. Koki is a young, attractive and charismatic man who makes a living in Guatemala City as a thief by proxy. Across sun-drenched afternoons, he befriends tourists who are suddenly, cyclically mugged. Under cover of night, he seduces men in bars and clubs, leading them to a hotel room where they are robbed. The latter arrangement is in conjunction with Carlos, a middle aged, senior member of staff at the hotel. Away from the dated atmosphere of his workplace, Carlos indulges in another form of rehearsed violence, moonlighting as a wrestler, briefly liberated under a thick shade of make-up. In the company of Sofia, Koki justifies his actions as the will to make a living. However, when the tables are turned and Koki himself is victimized, he finds himself pushed even further into society’s margins, forced to witness the violent effects of his actions from an almost disembodied perspective. This stylish, patient and intriguing film pays particular attention to the vulnerability of difficult characters, interspersing acts of deceit and violence with the banal, repetitive realities of working class life in Guatemala.
 

Credits
Written and directed by
Sebastián Lojo
Producer
Remi Itani
Co-Producer
Bernabé Demozzi
Cinematographer
Vincenzo Marranghino
Sound
Jacob Jiménez
Editing
Terence Chim, Keenen Yong