Directed by Antonio Méndez Esparza | Spain/USA | 2017 | 114 min
OPENING NIGHT EVENT & PITTSBURGH PREMIERE!
Thursday, March 22, 2018
7:00pm @ McConomy Auditorium, CMU
ABOUT THE FILM
“An involving, urgent and moving drama which has particular resonance in the wake of Charlottesville”
- Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily
Andrew yearns to find his purpose as a young African American in today’s America. With his mother longing to find more to her life than parenting, Andrew is forced to take on the mounting pressure of family responsibility. As he searches for connection with his absent father, Andrew finds himself at a dangerous crossroads. Through director Antonio Méndez Esparza’s neorealist style and use of non-professional actors, Life and Nothing More navigates strained relationships and the intersections of race, class, and gender in a complex and honest way.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Antonio Méndez Esparza was born in Spain where he where he earned a law degree. However, he developed his film career in the USA, studying first at UCLA and receiving his MFA in Filmmaking at Columbia University. In 2009 Esparza finished his short film, Una y otra vez, which went on to win Best Short at the LA Film Festival and an Academy Award nomination. His first feature film, Aquí y allá, wοn the Critics’ Week Grand Prize Award at Cannes and Best Director at the 53rd Thessaloniki IFF in 2012. Dedicated to realism, Esparza is known as a chronicler of marginal voices. Since 2013 he has been teaching Film at Florida State University. Life and Nothing More is Esparza’s second feature and first English language film.