Sanctorum

Mexico, Qatar, República Dominicana  | 2019 | DCP | Color | 84 min | Joshua Gil

FRIDAY 9 | CINEMEX INSURGENTES SALA 5 | 20:00 HRS. | 83 MIN

Director: Joshua Gil

Screenplay: Joshua Gil

Producers: Joshua Gil, Israel Cárdenas, Marion d’Ornano, Georgina González, Laura Imperiale, Rodrigo Iturralde, Alejandro Miranda Palombo, Carlos Sosa

Cinematography: Mateo Guzmán, Joshua Gil

Editing: Yibran Asuad, Joshua Gil, León Felipe González

Sound: Sergio Diaz

Music: Galo Durán

Production Companies: Parábola Cine, Viento del Norte Cine, Cacerola Films, Aurora Dominicana, Monofilms

Cast: Erwin Antonio Pérez Jiménez, Nereyda Pérez Vásquez, Virgen Vázquez Torres, Javier Bautista González, Damián Dositelo Martínez Vásquez, Ofelia Díaz Gómez, Medardo Díaz Gutiérrez

Synopsis:

Phantasmagoria, magical realism and mysticism are blended in an allegorical and visually powerful film on the rural areas of Mexico, trapped between poverty and drug trafficking. A young boy and his mother live in a remote village caught amidst the struggle between the army and the cartels. One day, she does not return from her work in the marihuana fields. The anguished child asks his grandmother for her mother. With great pain, she beckons the boy to the woods and pray to the sun, wind and water to bring her mother back safe and sound. When the soldiers arrive and the villagers prepare for a last stand, everyone witnesses the amazing power of Nature.

Biography:

Born in 1976 in Mexico, he studied in Barcelona’s ESCAC, and afterwards began his career in the photography department in Carlos Reygadas film Japón. Later he acquired a specialization as cinematographer and studying abroad under filmmakers such as Patricio Guzmán and the Quay Brothers. In 2007, he began a career as director of documentaries, advertising and television series. His first feature film La Maldad (2015) was selected at the 65th Berlinale and the 5th Márgenes Film Festival.

Festivals:

Biennale di Venezia – 2019, Italy 

17th Morelia International Film Festival – Best Director Award, “Guerrero” Award from the Press for Best Fiction Feature Film– 2019, Mexico