In this audacious crime drama from the celebrated Mexican actor-turned-director (Déficit), lifelong friends Cagalera and Moloteco turn to violence and lawlessness to buy their way out of their hard-scrabble Mexico City neighborhood. Hoping to scrape together enough cash to join a union that holds the promise of steady work, the amateur criminals graduate from petty theft to hostage-taking. But their escapades land the teens in desperate circumstances, both darkly humorous and fraught with danger.
“A film not suitable for sensitive hearts or weak stomachs; and without a doubt… worth seeing. ”
- Spanish with subtitles
Tribute to Gael García Bernal
Gifted actor-turned-director Gael García Bernal returns to the Festival with his daring second feature, Chicuarotes, the latest achievement in a distinguished career on both sides of the camera. Following his breakout role in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s drama Amores Perros, he starred in such acclaimed films as Alfonso Cuarón’s Y Tu Mamá También and Walter Salles’ The Motorcycle Diaries, more recently lending his voice to the animated hit Coco and headlining the award-winning series Mozart in the Jungle. He made his feature directorial debut with 2007’s Mexico City-set social drama Déficit, which also screened at the Festival. Join us as we pay tribute to his incredible career and iconic talent before the screening of Chicuarotes.