Coming to HBO this Monday, October 4: SINS OF MY FATHER

Nicolas Entel’s portrait of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar and his son has been on the festival circuit for the past year, making stops at Mar del Plata and IDFA before coming stateside at this year’s Sundance and winning both the Audience and Jury Award at the Miami Film Festival.

After the death of his father in 1993, Juan Escobar and his mother, Pablo’s widow, went into exile in Argentina, changing their names to avoid being connected to his notoriety. Entel convinces Juan, now known as Sebastián Marroquín, to discuss his father and his legacy for the first time publicly, having experienced a surprisingly different side to the man Colombia viewed as its most wanted criminal. The film effectively shows the personal conflict that the younger Escobar has gone through, paying for his father’s crimes, but seeking reconciliation with his past and expiation of his inherited guilt, culminating in a poignant meeting arranged between the sons of two of his father’s most prominent victims and himself.

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