Colombia’s entry for the 2015 Oscars, “Mateo” centers on a 16-year-old who seems destined to follow his uncle into a life of violent crime. Forced to take a theater class in order to stay in school, Mateo finds himself caught between his uncle’s insistence that he turn over incriminating information about the troupe and his growing love of the theater. 86 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.
“… a straightforward social-issues drama told with passion and sincerity.”— Alissa Simon, Variety