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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Andrés Baiz
Produced by Rodrigo Guerrero
Screenplay by Andrés Baiz
Based on Mario Mendoza's book and inspired by true events
Starring Damián Alcázar
Blas Jaramillo
Marcela Mar
Music by Angelo Milli
Cinematography Mauricio Vidal
Edited by Alberto de Toro
Release date(s) March 4, 2007 (U.S.)
June 1, 2007 (Colombia)
October 10, 2007 (Mexico)
Running time 120 minutes
Country Colombia
Language Spanish

Satanás (Spanish for Satan) is a 2007 Colombian film directed by Andi Baiz. It is adapted from the novel of the same title by Mario Mendoza Zambrano. It was Colombia's submission to the 80th Academy Awards for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but was not accepted as a nominee.[1][2]

The story is framed in a context of urban solitude in the modern world and sheds some light on the events that surrounded a spree killing that took place in Bogotá, Colombia, in 1986. Satanás, the film, explores the final stages in the life of the killer Campo Elías Delgado.


Eliseo, a middle-aged English teacher veteran of the Vietnam War, has difficulties creating and maintaining relationships (especially with women). He lives with his aging mother, Blanca, who detests him. They argue constantly. Eliseo's is also irritated by his neighbor and landlord, Beatriz, who is always asking him for money. At the local store, he is also treated rudely.

Eliseo works giving classes to Natalia, a 15-year-old English student, who lives in a wealthy part of the city. He develops a crush on Natalia, who is gentle and polite during lessons. Invited to Natalia's birthday party, Eliseo is angry when he realizes that Natalia has a boyfriend, named Esteban.

After a heated argument with his mother, Eliseo looses his temper and shoots her in the living room setting the place on fire. On his way out, he encounters, Beatriz, the neighbor who annoys him, and he kills her too. Arriving at Natalia's house. He viciously attacks Natalia and her mother, killing them both, one after the other. At some point in the evening, he visits an old friend, a librarian who has always been kind towards him. He tells her that he is leaving town and thanks her for her friendship. From there, he goes on the last leg of his killing spree, the high class restaurant, "Pozzetto". He chooses an expensive meal and a few drinks, and consumes them both. He pays the bill leaving a big tip. Then, he goes into the bathroom and prepares himself for the upcoming massacre. When he comes out, he shoots indiscriminately. One of his victims is a waitress, who has just begun her first day of work.

Paola, an attractive young woman who hates her job in the marketplace. After accepting a better offer, she becomes a member of a gang of robbers, acting as a decoy to drug and rob wealthy men's money, by putting Scopolamine in their drinks and then luring them into a cab. Then they drive their victim to ATM machines and steal his money. After another night of robbing wealthy men, she grabs a cab ride home. However, she ends up in the hands of two rapists who kidnap her and assault her at an old taxi shop. Afterwards, she is traumatized and eventually asks members of the gang she joined, to kill the two people that raped her. Regretting the deaths of the two rapists and all the robberies committed before, she quits the gang and gets a job as a waitress at Pozzetto, an Italian restaurant. There she becomes one of Eliseo's victims.

Father Ernesto is a tormented and libidinous priest involved in a passionate love-filled affair with his housekeeper. Father Ernesto is also tormented by the bearing of the brunt of the secrecy of a woman in her community. This woman, who murders her three children "to release" of life (of evil), appears in the first part of the movie in a scene that serves to anticipate and prepare for the final slaughter at the end of the movie. But her stay in prison and her demented diatribes predict future events. In the end, Ernesto cannot stop to refuse his carnal instincts towards his housekeeper and is too traumatized by the woman in the prison that he eventually loses his faith and refuses to go on as a priest. He quit as a priest and takes his housekeeper for a date at restaurant. There he is killed along his date by Eliseo.


Prizes and Festivals[edit]

Festival of Monte Carlo (Monaco)

  • Award for Best Film Festival
  • Award for Best Actor (Damián Alcázar)

San Sebastián International Film Festival – Horizons (Spain)

  • Honorable Mention to Marcela Mar (Actress)

Festival de Cine de Bogotá – (Colombia)

  • Best Film Award Colombiana
  • Critics Award for Best Film Colombiana
  • Bronze Award for Best Opera Prima

Ibero-American Film Festival of Huelva (Spain)

  • Pablo Neruda Prize for Best Feature – Awarded by the Student Film.

Latitude Zero Film Festival – (Ecuador)

  • Honorable Mention of Criticism and the Press

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "A Record 63 Countries Vying For Best Foreign-Language Oscar Nod". Yahoo! Movies. 2007-10-17. Retrieved 2008-06-23. [dead link]
  2. ^ Gaydos, Steven; McCarthy, Libby (2008-01-15). "Oscar's foreign film race heats up". Variety. Retrieved 2008-06-23. 

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