Film Countries Archives: Mexico

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Unheimlich [short film]

  Fabio Colonna

  Mexico     16 minutes

Synopsis

A woman wakes up to find her house transformed into a terrifying maze of creatures and nightmares.

This film screens as part of Shorts 3: Things Aren’t What They Seem (After Dark)

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Collection of four scary film stills representing Shorts Program 3

Shorts 3: Things Aren’t What They Seem (After Dark)

  Various

  Mexico, United Kingdom, United States     86 minutes

Synopsis

This spine-tingling collection of shorts feels like a fever dream, taking viewers on a harrowing journey of crisis and mischief. Questioning everything becomes a means of survival. Featuring works by Joe Williams and Charlie Edwards-Moss, Ethan Soo, Fabio Colonna, Alison Roberto, Alix Austin, Chris McInroy, Isaac Berrocal, and Matty Crawford.

A brother calls a doctor to an isolated country home to examine his sister Debroah, who he believes is losing her mind in O’Glory (United Kingdom). In Swept Under (U.S.), a Cambodian adoptee receives a rug with a dark history as a housewarming gift. A woman wakes up to find her house transformed into a terrifying maze of creatures and nightmares in Unheimlich (Mexico). A Girls Night In (U.S.) is abruptly interrupted by a home invasion with a comedic twist. In Sucker (United Kingdom), a giant, mind-controlling, leech-like creature takes over the brains of two sisters. A worker with exposed Guts (U.S.) struggles at the office. In La Ceremonia (United Kingdom), a new priest carries out an exorcism that goes off the rails, and he’s forced to deal with a strange, evil power. A grief-stricken Angela visits her parents for a meal where discussion of painful truths turn the evening into a nightmare in The Dinner After (United Kingdom).

Screenings & Events

Screening

Fri, Oct 21 @ 9:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Virtual Screening

Available to stream Oct 13 @ 12:00pm CT through Oct 23 @ 11:59pm CT for a 48-hour watch window. Available to stream anywhere in the United States.

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The Substitute El suplente

  Diego Lerman

  Argentina, Italy, Mexico, Spain, France     110 minutes

Synopsis

In this tense and timely drama, idealistic literature professor Lucio (Juan Minujíin) leaves behind university life to accept a position teaching high school in the working-class community where he grew up. Returning to the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Lucio is intent on making a difference in the lives of his students, but just as he begins to connect with his class, a drug smuggling operation is uncovered inside the school. Learning that the local drug cartel threatens one of Lucio’s promising young pupils, the educator must decide how far he’ll go to protect the boy’s life. Celebrated for the nuance and humanism with which he imbues his work, award-winning Argentine filmmaker Diego Lerman (A Sort of Family, Refugiado) returns to the Festival with this powerful piece of social realism.

 Spanish with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Thu, Oct 20 @ 8:15pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Screening

Sat, Oct 22 @ 2:45pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Media

Film Credits

  •   Nicolás Avruj, Diego Lerman
  •   Diego Lerman, Maria Meira, Luciana de Mello
  •   Alejandro Brodersohn
  •   Wojciech Staron
  •   Juan Minujín, Alfredo Castro, Bárbara Lennie, Rita Cortese, María Merlino, Lucas Arrua, Renata Lerman
  •   José Villalobos
  •   Campo Cine

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Noise Ruido

  Natalia Beristáin

  Mexico, Argentina     104 minutes

Synopsis

Months after daughter Ger goes missing, Julia remains both devastated and frustrated by a lack of action and answers from apathetic authorities. Taking matters into her own hands, she sets out on a search, receiving help from journalists, lawyers, and activists, the vast underground network of people—mostly women—who risk their lives daily looking for lost loved ones. Based on true events and skillfully making use of documentary footage, this sensitively drawn, harrowing road movie is a journey into the darkness of femicide and forced disappearance. Through the tale of one woman’s despair, grief, and ultimate empowerment, Noise uplifts the many who work through unimaginable pain to stand against an overwhelming threat.

 Spanish with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Sun, Oct 16 @ 5:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Screening

Mon, Oct 17 @ 5:45pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 7

Media

Film Credits

  •   María José Córdova, Karla Badillo, Rafael Ley
  •   Natalia Beristáin, Diego Enrique Osorno, Alo Valenzuela
  •   Miguel Schverdfinger AMEE
  •   Luisa Guala
  •   Dariela Ludlow AMC
  •   Julieta Egurrola, Teresa Ruiz
  •   Miguel Schverdfinger ASA
  •   Pablo Chemor
  •   Woofilms, Pasto & Pucará, Chamaca Films, Bengala

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Huesera

  Michelle Garza Cervera

  Mexico, Peru     93 minutes

Synopsis

After years of trying to conceive, Valeria and her husband Raúl are overjoyed to learn that they are finally about to become parents. But Valeria’s elation soon turns to dread, as terrifying visions lead her to believe she has been cursed by a sinister entity, “La Huesera.” As her picture-perfect life begins to splinter around her, her desperate search for answers takes her back to her rebellious past and her dabblings with the occult—embracing the dark magic that threatens to consume her might be the only way to rid herself of this spirit and safeguard her family’s future. With her profoundly chilling yet intimate supernatural tale, director Michelle Garza Cevera provocatively deploys folklore and witchcraft to explore the anxieties of early motherhood.

Co-presented by Music Box of Horrors

 Spanish with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Screening

Thu, Oct 20 @ 9:30pm CDT

at Music Box Theatre

Screening

Sun, Oct 23 @ 7:15pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 20

Media

Film Credits

  •   Paulina Villavicencio, Edher Campos
  •   Michelle Garza Cervera, Abia Castillo
  •   Adriana Martínez
  •   Nur Rubio Sherwell
  •   Natalia Solián, Alfonso Dosal, Mayra Batalla, Mercedes Hernández, Aída López, Martha Claudia Moreno
  •   Christian Giraud
  •   Gibrán Androide, Cabeza de Vaca
  •   Machete, Disruptiva Films