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Directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios
FEATURE NARRATIVE 108 Minutes North American Premiere
A months-long student strike at the National University throws roommates Sombra and Santos into a droll sort of limbo in their shabby apartment in Mexico City, whiling away the hours pining for the girl from the pirate radio show and tricking their neighbor’s daughter into helping them steal electricity. Their idiosyncratic routine is interrupted by the unexpected arrival of Sombra’s teenage brother, Tomás, who has been exiled from his home by their mother following an incident involving a baby and a water balloon. The trio sets out on a road trip in search of Tomás’s hero, fabled folk-rock star Epigmenio Cruz, traversing across the city through perilous slums and the rebellious halls of the university to the ritzy nightlife downtown.

Director Alonso Ruizpalacios arrives as a bold new voice in Mexican cinema with his energetic and imaginative feature debut—a cool, retro, black-and-white portrait of Mexico City and of three restless young men searching for a purpose and identity in a city of millions.

-Ian Hollander
Comedy, Female Screenwriter(s), Returning Filmmaker, First Time Filmmaker
About the Director(s)
Alonso Ruizpalacios is a multiple award-winning filmmaker of short films. His credits include Café Parais (2008) and El último canto del pájaro cú (2010).

Film Info
  • Section:
    World Narrative Competition
  • Year:
  • Length:
    108 minutes
  • Language:
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    North American
Cast & Credits
  • Cinematographer:
    Damian García
  • Editor:
    Yibran Asuad, Ana García
  • Cast:
    Tenoch Huerta, Ilse Salas, Leonardo Ortizgris, Sebastian Aguirre
  • Executive Producer:
    Ramiro Ruiz, Alonso Ruizpalacios, Damian García
  • Producer:
    Ramiro Ruiz Ruiz-Funes
  • Director:
    Alonso Ruizpalacios
  • Composer:
    Tomas Barreiro
  • Post Production:
    Chemistry Cine
  • Screenwriter:
    Alonso Ruizpalacios, Gibrán Portela
  • Sound Design:
    Zulu Gonzalez



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