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World Narrative Competition

North American Premiere

Mexico | 108 MINUTES | Spanish | English subtitles


Comedy, Female Screenwriter(s), Returning Filmmaker, First Time Filmmaker
A months-long student strike at the National University throws roommates Sombra and Santos into a droll sort of limbo in their shabby apartment in Mexico City, whiling away the hours pining for the girl from the pirate radio show and tricking their neighbor’s daughter into helping them steal electricity. Their idiosyncratic routine is interrupted by the unexpected arrival of Sombra’s teenage brother, Tomás, who has been exiled from his home by their mother following an incident involving a baby and a water balloon. The trio sets out on a road trip in search of Tomás’s hero, fabled folk-rock star Epigmenio Cruz, traversing across the city through perilous slums and the rebellious halls of the university to the ritzy nightlife downtown.

Director Alonso Ruizpalacios arrives as a bold new voice in Mexican cinema with his energetic and imaginative feature debut—a cool, retro, black-and-white portrait of Mexico City and of three restless young men searching for a purpose and identity in a city of millions.

-Ian Hollander


Directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios

Alonso Ruizpalacios is a multiple award-winning filmmaker of short films. His credits include Café Parais (2008) and El último canto del pájaro cú (2010).
Alonso Ruizpalacios
Alonso Ruizpalacios, Gibrán Portela
Ramiro Ruiz Ruiz-Funes
Yibran Asuad, Ana García
Damian García
Executive Producer
Ramiro Ruiz, Alonso Ruizpalacios, Damian García
Tomas Barreiro
Sound Design
Zulu Gonzalez
Post Production
Chemistry Cine
Tenoch Huerta, Ilse Salas, Leonardo Ortizgris, Sebastian Aguirre


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Cristina Garza
Mexico City, 06700
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Cristina Garza
Mexico City, 06700
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Print Source
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Mexico City, 06700
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