Amalia the Secretary (Amalia la secretaria)


Rafael 2 Thu, Oct 11, 2018 6:15 PM
Century Larkspur 3 Fri, Oct 12, 2018 3:00 PM
Film Info
Category:Viva El Cine
Mind the Gap
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:91 min.
Director:Andrés Burgos
Producer:Andrea Marulanda
Screenwriter:Andrés Burgos
Cinematographer:Manuel Castañeda
Editor:María Vásquez
Cast:Marcela Benjumea
Enrique Carriazo
Ana María Arango
Patricia Tamayo
Diego León Hoyos
Fabio Rubiano
Print Source:Habanero Film Sales
Note Writer:Delfin Vigil


At the crossroads of stoicism and paranoia, a rigid, rather cranky, Type A secretary named Amalia (the hilarious Marcela Benjumea) begins to unravel as carefree repairman Lázaro (Enrique Carriazo) waltzes into her life, introducing her (and effectively filling up her meticulous daily planner) to a world of cumbia, yoga, and spontaneous flirtation. As the CEO she loyally serves weighs the pros and cons of suicide versus reporting failing numbers at an impending board meeting, Amalia must choose whether to invest her high-functioning administrative energy into saving the company or launching a joie de vivre startup for herself and Lázaro, instead. With a close eye for detail, director Andrés Burgos captures the universal language of awkward office passive aggression, complete with clinking pens and shuffling paperwork, while juxtaposing the quotidian Colombian life of caring for elderly parents, commuting to work, and frequenting the local discoteca.

Expected Guest: Director Andrés Burgos (All Screenings)

Additional Information

Colombian screenwriter and director Andrés Burgos made his feature debut with Sofia y el Terco (2012), the winner of an Audience Award at the Biarritz Film Festival and Special Jury Award at the Cartagena Film Festival. Amalia, the Secretary is his second feature.