Days of the whale

Catalina Arroyave

2019 / 78’ / Feature film / Fiction / Colombia

“Vibrant and moving” – Hollywood Reporter

Cristina and Simón are two graffiti and mural artists who enjoy painting the walls of Medellín, the city where they live in. Their restless spirit leads them to defy a criminal gang by painting a mural over a threatening message left on a wall. The love they have for each other along with their common friendship with the artists of La selva —an old house used by them as a shelter— and the family tensions, intertwine to tell a story where youth’s irrepressible strength is brought face to face with fear, violence and the difficulties of growing up.



Best First Film Award granted by the Young Jury at the Filmar en América Latina Festival. Switzerland, 2019.
Jury Prize at the International Festival of Mérida and Yucatán; Mexico, 2019.
Audience Award at the International Colombian Film Festival; New York, USA, 2019.
Female First Feature Recognition at SXSW, granted by Cherry Picks, USA, 2019.


  • SXSW International Film Festival (World Premiere)
  • FICCI, Cartagena de Indias International Film Festival
  • BAFICI, Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema
  • Melbourne International Film Festival
  • Colfilm NY, New York Colombian Film Festival
  • AFI Latinamerican Film Festival
  • AFI Latin-American Film Festival
  • San Francisco Latino Film Festival
  • Chicago Latino Film Festival
  • Filmar en América Latina
  • Zurich Film Festival
  • IndieBo, Bogotá International Independent Film Festival
  • Zurich Film Festival
  • São Paulo International Film Festival
  • Havana International Festival of New Latin American Cinema
  • Huelva Ibero-American Film Festival
  • Seminci Valladolid Film Festival
  • Trieste Latin-American Film Festival
  • Monterrey International Film Festival
  • Malmo Latin American Fokus
  • International Film Festival of Mérida and Yucatán
  • FESAALP La Plata Latin-American Film Festival
  • FICCBA, Buenos Aires International Colombian Film Festival
  • Dumbo Film Festival, New York
  • CineLatino-CineEspañol de Tuebingen Alemania
  • CineLatino-CineEspañol, Tuebingen Germany
  • Rotterdam Colombian Film Festival