Directed by Rigoberto Pérezcano; Mexico, 2009; 95 min.
Moderated by Therese Tardio, Professor of Hispanic Studies and Modern Languages at the Carnegie Mellon University.
Preceded by reception of hummus, cheeses, and French baguettes from Allegro Hearth Bakery.
Presented in conjunction with the Center for the Arts in Society at Carnegie Mellon University.
"Perezcano has a gift for cinematic storytelling." --International Independent Film Review
2010 KNF award; Circle of Netherlands Film Journalists, Rotterdam IFF
2009 Golden Star / Grand Prize for Best Film, Marrakech Film Festival
2009 Best Director Award, Tessalonica Film Festival
2009 Industry Award, Casa de America Award, Televisión Española Award, San Sebastián FF
2009 Jury Special Mention, Middle East IFF
2009 Fipresci Prize, Jury Special Mention, Bratislava FF
2009 Best Film, Switzerland FF
2009 Best Film, Cinema Novo, Belgium
2009 Best script, Two Rivers, North Carolina FF
2009 Best Opera Prima, Mostra de Cinema Latino Americano de Catalunya
Fresh, affecting, and slyly humorous, Rigoberto Perezcano's debut feature is the account of one man’s dogged determination to win a better life for himself and his family. Andres hails from Oaxaca in the mountains of southern Mexico. Like many before him, he engages an unscrupulous, people-trafficking ‘coyote’ to get him across the U.S. border, but he’s inevitably conned and left stranded and cashless in the teeming limbo of Tijuana. Befriended by convenience store owners Ela and Cata, who take him under their wing, Andres shares his deepest feelings. Things get complicated as he is drawn into potentially explosive triangles both with Ela, the store’s owner, and her would-be squeeze, Asensio, and with Ela and Cata, who is Ela’s young employee. Ultimately, Andres must confront the question: to stay or to go?
is from Zaachila (Oaxaca, Mexico). His film XV en Zaachila participated in different festivals, receiving several national and international prizes. In 2001 he was granted a Rockefeller-MacArthur Ford scholarship for writing the screenplay of Carmín Tropical; he currently holds a scholarship from the Mexican Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte. Norteado, his first full-length feature, participated in Films in Progress 14 at San Sebastian Festival, where it won the Industry, TVE, and Casa de America Awards.