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Directed by Omar Rodriguez Lopez
FEATURE NARRATIVE 97 Minutes North American Premiere

Barlam is a timid, twentysomething grocery bagger lurching clumsily toward manhood in the dusty US-Mexico border town of El Paso, Texas. He's been feeling anxious recently… something about the humdrum of everyday life doesn't fit quite right. His addict sister Nati—equal parts charm and damage—clicks in too well with their borderline incestuous dynamic and gets caught up in Barlam's obsession with a Puerto Rican boy who looks just like him. Thing is, this boy might be the missing piece to their broken family history. Soon Barlam is descending into a seedy underworld where reality and fantasy entangle, masculinity and belonging are thrown into crisis, and flippant humor reveals disillusionment, desire, and rage. And there are some pretty imaginative narcotics, too….

Dripping with sexuality and exuberance in tongues that bounce between Spanish and English, The Sentimental Engine Slayer flickers hot and sweaty with the fluorescent colors of a distinctly Southwest American landscape. This extraterrestrial, semi-autobiographical tale told with boomerang fragmentation and psychedelic sound design gives the director/writer/star Omar Rodriguez Lopez away as the sonic force behind the Grammy-winning fusion rockers The Mars Volta. It also makes Rodriguez's directorial debut a piercingly clear pronouncement that a rare and riveting voice has emerged for independent American cinema.

Drama, Music
About the Director(s)
Omar Rodriguez Lopez was born in Puerto Rico. His genre-defying career as a recording artist has resulted in some 35 albums, including with Grammy winners The Mars Volta. His second and third films, El divino influjo de los secretos and Boiling Death Request, are currently in post-production.
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Film Info
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  • Length:
    97 minutes
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
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  • Premiere:
    North American
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Cast & Credits
  • Executive Producer:
    John Frusciante
  • Producer:
    Omar Rodriguez Lopez
  • Primary Cast:
    Omar Rodriguez Lopez, Tatiana Velazquez, Nomar Rizo, Kim Stodel, Rikardo Rodriguez Lopez, Angel Marcelo Rodriguez Chevrez
  • Editor:
    Adam Thomson
  • Composer:
    Omar Rodriguez Lopez
  • Director:
    Omar Rodriguez Lopez
  • Director of Photography:
    Michael Rizzi
  • Screenwriter:
    Omar Rodriguez Lopez



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