Towing a submerged torpedo in the wake of their battered fishing boat, ‘Jacobo,’ a desperate fisherman and Delio, a naive kid, embark on a journey trafficking millions of dollars of cocaine up the Pacific coast of Colombia. While Jacobo is a seasoned trafficker, young Delio is unprepared for the grim reality. Shot entirely on location—in areas that bear the indelible scars of drug trafficking and guerrilla warfare—director Josef Kubota Wladyka establishes a sense of place with meticulous sensitivity, capturing the visceral paradox of incredible vibrancy yet devastating poverty which permeate this war-torn region. Refusing to glamorize the drug trade, Manos Sucias instead offers a rare glimpse of its devastating effects. Executive Produced by Spike Lee.
Length: 82 minutes
Premiere: North American
Director: Josef Wladyka
Screenwriter: Alan Blanco & Josef Wladyka
Producer: Elena Greenlee, Márcia Nunes
Editor: Kristan Sprague
Cinematographer: Alan Blanco
Executive Producer: Spike Lee, Mary Regency Boies, Marisa Polvino, Kate Cohen
Co-Producer: Mirlanda Torres Zapata, Carolina Caicedo
Cast: Cristian Advincula, Jarlin Martinez, Manuel David Riascos, Hadder Blandon
Josef Wladyka’s shorts and commercials have screened at festivals around the world and on Jet Blue Airlines, which have earned him nominations for a Young Director’s Award and a Porsche Student Advertising Award. Wladyka holds an MFA from NYU Tisch Graduate Film where he won a Spike Lee Fellowship. Manos Sucias is the recipient of 2 SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Awards and the Canon Camera Award.