Spain / 123’
language English, Spanish
from the novel Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar by Virginia Vallejo
cast Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, Peter Sarsgaard, Julieth Restrepo
screenplay Fernando León de Aranoa
cinematographer Alex Catalán, AEC
editor Nacho Ruiz Capillas
production designer Alain Bainée
music Federico Jusid
sound Kris Casavant
special effects César Abades
Fernando León De Aranoa - Loving Pablo
Out of Competition - Fiction
Spain / 123’
Loving Pablo chronicles the rise and fall of the world’s most feared drug lord, Pablo Escobar, and his volatile love affair with Colombia’s most famous journalist, Virginia Vallejo, throughout a reign of terror that tore a country apart.
While Pablo Escobar’s facts have been recounted over the last decades in books, TV series and documentaries, Virginia Vallejo’s approach offers a more intimate look at his criminal behavior, describing from up close the toughest years of the raging war he waged against the Colombian government. A famous journalist and television anchorwomen, Virginia was also his lover. And a confident, an interlocutor, a kind of a Pygmalion; but most of all, she was a survivor. Hers is the desperate story of a shipwrecked about fascination and bedazzlement, but also about the unequalled craziness and terror of one of the most violent decades in recent history, of which she was both a part and a witness.