Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Jorge Alí Triana (es)|
|Produced by||Jorge Sánchez|
|Screenplay by||Gabriel García Márquez
|Music by||Blas Emilio Atehortúa|
|Edited by||Sigfrido Barjau|
|Release date(s)||23 August 1996|
|Running time||100 min.|
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.
- Jorge Perugorria - Edipo
- Ángela Molina - Yocasta
- Francisco Rabal - Tiresias
- Jairo Camargo - Creonte
- Jorge Martinez - Priest
- Miriam Colon - Deyanira
The film was released on DVD on February 27, 2007 in Spanish with English and French subtitles.
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