Edipo Alcalde

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Edipo Alcalde
Edipo Alcalde.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jorge Alí Triana (es)
Produced by Jorge Sánchez
Screenplay by Gabriel García Márquez
Stella Malagon

Jorge Perugorria
Ángela Molina
Francisco Rabal

Jairo Camargo
Music by Blas Emilio Atehortúa
Cinematography Rodrigo Prieto
Edited by Sigfrido Barjau
Release dates
23 August 1996
Running time
100 min.
Country Colombia
Language Spanish

Edipo Alcalde (English: Oedipus Mayor) is a 1996 Colombian film, directed by Jorge Alí Triana (es). Set in strife-ridden, 20th-century Colombia, the film is a modern-day interpretation of Sophocles' classical Greek tragedy: "Oedipus Rex".


Set amidst the rebel wars (representing the Theban plagues) of contemporary Colombia, young Mayor Edipo must mediate a peace deal between conflicting guerrilla groups and the army. It is raining when he leaves. His journey is interrupted when he gets into a shoot-out on a lonely bridge. Returning fire, Edipo somehow escapes. As soon as he gets to town he hears that a prominent leader Layo was brutally slain. No one knows who shot him. Meanwhile a blind coffin-maker Tiresias wanders town making dire prophecies concerning Edipo's future. It is he who tells the mayor that Layo was murdered by a family member. Edipo's fate is sealed when he gets involved with the beautiful and much older Yocasta, a woman who last had sex thirty years before with her husband Layo. She got pregnant and bore a son ... tragedy ensues.


DVD release[edit]

The film was released on DVD on February 27, 2007 in Spanish with English and French subtitles.


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