Chicuarotes film still



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. ”
-Star Telegram

  •  Spanish with subtitles

Tribute to Gael García Bernal

Headshot: Gael García BernalGifted 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.

After Party

The Chicago International Film Festival invites you to join us for an After Party reception following the Chicuarotes screening and Gael García Bernal Tribute. Complimentary Chloe Wine Collection, Goose Island Beer and light bites included. After Party ticket required for entry. (After Party ticket does not include admission to film).

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