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On the cusp of the year 2000, Colombian brothers Carly (Mateo Arias) and Mateo (Moises Arias) prepare to move to the United States for their last years of high school. Metalhead Carly has his heart set on attending the Georgia Aerospace Institute and working for NASA, while his supportive parents (Diane Guerrero and Wilmer Valderrama) seize the chance to escape the political turmoil in Colombia and chase the American Dream. At first, Mateo is the only one to express any cynicism, but when the reality of their new life sinks in, the family struggles to adapt as their expectations are shattered. When events threaten to derail their future, Carly’s dream becomes his only lifeline.

Esteban Arango’s blazing debut feature cracks open a sibling rivalry in an isolating time predating social media. Real-life brothers Mateo and Moises bring honesty and brazenness to this energetic, metal-fueled coming-of-age story that unapologetically confronts the reality of growing up between cultures. BLAST BEAT is a Latinx anthem for a displaced generation—and it’s the anthem we’ve been waiting for.

YEAR 2019

CATEGORY U.S. Dramatic Competition


RUN TIME 105 min

LANGUAGE English and Spanish

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions

WEBSITE https://www.sonypictures.com

EMAIL alexander_zahn@spe.sony.com

PHONE (310) 244-3598


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Artist Bio

Esteban Arango

Esteban Arango is a Colombian American writer/director. He was a fellow of the Fox Global Directors Initiative (2016), Fox Writers Lab (2017), and Film Independent’s Project Involve (2017). Variety named him on their list of "10 directors to watch" for 2020. Before moving to Los Angeles, Arango worked as a creative producer for Discovery Channel. He is an alumnus of the UK’s NFTS Directors' Series and holds a BS in communications from Florida International University.