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La caja

Venezia 78 Competition

Director:
Lorenzo Vigas
Production:
Teorema (Lorenzo Vigas, Michel Franco, Jorge Hernández Aldana), SK Global Entertainment (Michael Hogan), Labodigital (Charles Barthe)
Running Time:
92’
Language:
Spanish
Country:
Mexico, USA
Main Cast:
Hernán Mendoza, Hatzín Navarrete, Elián González, Cristina Zulueta, Dulce Alexa Alfaro, Graciela Beltrán
Screenplay:
Lorenzo Vigas
Cinematographer:
Sergio Armstrong
Editor:
Isabela Monteiro de Castro, Pablo Barbieri
Production Designer:
Daniela Schneider
Costume Designer:
Úrsula Schneider
Sound:
Waldir Xavier
Visual Effects:
Diego Vazquez Lozano

Synopsis

Hatzin, a young teenager from Mexico City, travels to collect the remains of his father, which have been found in a communal grave amidst the huge skies and empty landscape of Northern Mexico. But a casual encounter with a man who shares a physical resemblance with his father fills him with doubts and hope about his parent’s true whereabouts.

Director’s statement

Both in Mexico and the rest of Latin America, an innumerable amount of fractured families exist whereby the absence of the paternal figure is a common and nearly routine reality. Many young people grow and are forged by this absence. This theme, so fundamental in defining an individual, has particularly caught my interest as a filmmaker. Who we are as a continent is also frankly related to this reality. It is not mere chance that Latin America, where phenomena such as Peronism or Chavism have left such a profound social, political and human mark, the figure of a leader has come to fill, from the psychological perspective, that emptiness, that need, that father that was never present at home and who we are desperately trying to find.
La Caja is the last installment of a trilogy I have developed concerning the Latin American father. The first installment, the short, Los elefantes nunca olvidan, was the seed that gave fruit to the second installment, my debut fiction feature, Desde allá.

Production/Distribution

PRODUCTION 1: Lorenzo Vigas, Michel Franco, Jorge Hernández Aldana – Teorema
Blvd Manuel Ávila Camacho Ext 118. Int. Piso 17
11000 – Ciudad de México, Mexico
Tel. +52 5551063329
enunezlarios@gmail.com

PRODUCTION 2: Michael Hogan – SK Global Entertainment
1548 16th ST.
90404 – Santa Monica, United States of America
Tel. +1 9177338045
michaelh@skglobalent.com

PRODUCTION 3: Charles Barthe – Labodigital
Av. Centenario 208. Del Carmen Coyoacan
04100 – Ciudad de México, Mexico
Tel. +52 5513539132
c.barthe@labodigital.com.mx

WORLD SALES: Michael Weber– The Match Factory
Domstraße 60
5066 – Cologne, Germany
Tel. +49 2215397090
info@matchfactory.de http://www.the-match-factory.com

PRESS OFFICE: Charles McDonald – International Rescue
Tel. +44 (0)7785 246377
charles@charlesmcdonald.co.uk

ITALIAN PRESS OFFICE: Giulia Ghigi
ghigigiulia@gmail.com
Tel. +39 348 9240778


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