No One Writes to the Colonel (film)

No One Writes to the Colonel
Directed by Arturo Ripstein
Produced by Gabriel Ripstein
Written by Paz Alicia Garciadiego
Gabriel García Márquez
Starring Fernando Luján
Cinematography Guillermo Granillo
Edited by Fernando Pardo
Amaranta Films
DMVB Films
Television Espanola
Distributed by Alta Films
Release dates
  • 2 June 1999 (1999-06-02)
Running time
118 minutes
Country Mexico
Language Spanish

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.



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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