No One Writes to the Colonel (film)

No One Writes to the Colonel (Spanish: El coronel no tiene quien le escriba) is a 1999 Spanish-language film directed by Arturo Ripstein. It was an international co-production between France, Spain and Mexico. It is based on the eponymous novella by Colombian author and Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez.

No One Writes to the Colonel
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Directed byArturo Ripstein
Produced byGabriel Ripstein
Written byPaz Alicia Garciadiego
Gabriel García Márquez
StarringFernando Luján
Music byDavid Mansfield
CinematographyGuillermo Granillo
Edited byFernando Pardo
Distributed byAlta Films
Release date
  • 2 June 1999 (1999-06-02)
Running time
118 minutes
  • Mexico
  • Spain
  • France



The production of the film was somewhat of a family affair, with Arturo Ripstein directing, his wife Paz Alicia Garciadiego writing the screenplay, and their son Gabriel Ripstein making his debut as producer.[1][2][3]


The film was Mexico's official Best Foreign Language Film submission at the 72nd Academy Awards, but did not manage to receive a nomination.[4] It was also entered into the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.[5]


  1. ^ "De Ripstein hijo a Ripstein padre: "Lo respeto por ser un viejo terco"". El Universal (in Spanish). Compañía Periodística Nacional. February 8, 2015. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
  2. ^ Herrera, Beto (April 17, 2014). "Gabriel García Márquez en el cine: El coronel no tiene quien le escriba". 1FIla (in Spanish). Grupo Sexenio Comunicaciones. Retrieved May 13, 2016.
  3. ^ "Paz Alicia Garcíadiego y su adaptación de El coronel no tiene quien le escriba". Proceso (in Spanish). Comunicación e Información, S.A. de C.V. September 5, 1998. Retrieved June 2, 2016.
  4. ^ "Record 47 Countries In Oscar Contention" (Press release). Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 1999-11-22. Retrieved 2008-08-20.
  5. ^ "Festival de Cannes: No One Writes to the Colonel". Retrieved 2009-10-04.

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