October 30: Aquí y allá (dir. Antonio Méndez Esparza, US-Spain-Mexico, 2012)
4:30 p.m. Room
Winner of the top prize at the Critics’ Week section of the Cannes Film Festival, Antonio Méndez Esparza’s directorial debut radiantly captures the complex homecoming of a loving father. In an unexpected take on the traditional immigrant story, Pedro returns home to a small mountain village in Guerrero, Mexico, after years of working in New York. He finds his daughters older and more distant than he imagined; his wife still has the same smile. The villagers think this year’s crop will be bountiful and there is work in a growing city nearby. But the locals are wise to a life of insecurity, and their thoughts are often of family members or opportunities far away, north of the border.
“Peaceful, almost biblical and completely absorbing, this film is a masterpiece.” – INDIEWIRE