Venezuelan movies and music (and one comedian) you might like
Unless you're called Edgar Ramirez, Venezuelan artists haven't had much international recognition. But there are a few that have managed to break through and have had a few fans outside our frontiers. Check them out and tell me what you think. Of course there's much more, but these are the easiest to find.
- •Secuestro ExpressMiramax picked up and distributed this movie by "Hands of Stone" director Jonathan Jacubowicz. It tells the story of the terrifying twelve hours a middle class couple spent after being kidnapped by three thugs. But like everything in Venezuela, things are always more complicated than they seem. This basically made me ban myself from going out at night.
- •Franco de VitaOur most international pop star. He's composed songs for a couple of other singers, most notably "Vuelve" for Ricky Martin. It's very likely that, if you grew up in the 80s, you dedicated at least one Franco de Vita ballad to your crush.
- •Desde AlláThis drama about an older man who pays younger boys to let him watch them as his way of dealing with grief won the top prize at the 2014 Venice Film Festival. It absolutely deserved it.
- •La Vida BohémeA great power pop group from Caracas. Their shows are a full light and paint spectacle mixed with catchy, riffy tunes. Their 2012 SXSW show is on Youtube.
- •Los Amigos InvisiblesMy favorite local band. They're such a fun group that you feel you're watching a group of your friends playing a gig. They opened for Jamiroquai the only time they played here, and it was perfect, since they share that funky style, although the Amigos mix it with Latin sounds.
- •Joanna HausmannShe looks nothing like the traditional image you might have of a Latina, and that's the source of most of this YouTuber's comedy. It's mostly in English, but trust me, she's 110% Venezuelan. She's based in New York where she's also done some standup, and she's ready to appear as part of Bill Nye's new Netflix show. Seriously, she's awesome and I love her.