LatinoBuzz: Come into The Fantastic World Of Juan Orol!

LatinoBuzz: Come into The Fantastic World Of Juan Orol!

“A visually playful biopic on Mexico’s Ed Wood.” –Variety

The accolades continue to roll in as Global
Lens 2013
 puts a spotlight on  The Fantastic Wrld of Juan Orol, which recently played at the San Diego Latino Film Festival.

The story: Move
over Ed Wood! Mexico’s half-forgotten B-movie master, “involuntary
surrealist” Juan Orol, receives a pitch-perfect tribute in this
irresistible love letter to a self-made
man of showbiz, whose career spanned nearly sixty films. In a glorious
black-and-white flashback mingling movie-tainted memories of his
Galician childhood, forced exile to Cuba and arrival in Mexico.  The intrepid
“Juanito” pursues failed careers as baseball
player, boxer, bullfighter and gangster before landing in the
movies-where failure kind of works for him. As Orol, Roberto Sosa exudes
droll underdog charm, anchoring a fast-moving comedy and a homage to a golden age of cinema.

clever camp homage to Orol, this film playfully explores the
filmmaker’s cult legacy, including visuals that deftly evoke the vintage
stock of bygone eras, and the budget aesthetic of its subject.” –AFI Silver

Through Global Lens, fans are invited to bring this film to local theaters or community centers. Preview this and the rest of the Global Lens 2013 lineup now on
 and email bookings [at] 

Other Global Lens 2013 films now available for booking:

 ABOUT 111 GIRLS (DARBARE 111 DOKHTAR), dir. Nahid Ghobadi and Bijan Bijan Zamanpira, Iraq, 2012, 79 minutes 

Iranian state official, his driver and a young guide race across a
troubled but magnificent landscape to stop 111 young Kurdish women from
committing suicide in protest against conditions that have left them
spinsters. Official Selection, 2012 Busan IFF.

, dir. Zhang Yuan, China, 2012, 96 minutes

young man left behind by Beijing’s fabulous new wealth experiences
moments of euphoria amid despair as he roams the city with other misfit
dreamers in this darkly funny, gorgeously gritty portrait of disaffected
youth. Official Selection, 2012 Toronto IFF; Official Selection, 2012 Busan.

, dir. Mohamed Diab, Egypt, 2010, 100 minutes

Three Cairene women from different backgrounds warily unite to combat
the sexual harassment that has impacted each of their lives-and become a
citywide plague-but their unconventional response provokes a dogged
police hunt. Official Selection, 2011 New
Directors/New Films; Official Selection, 2011 Seattle IFF; Muhr Arab Feature Best Actress and Best Actor, 2010 Dubai IFF. 

 , dir. Sebastían del Amo, Mexico, 2012, 90 minutes

Move over Ed Wood! The story of Mexico’s half-forgotten B-movie master,
“involuntary surrealist” Juan Orol, receives a pitch-perfect tribute in
this deft, irresistible love letter to life, the movies and a self-made
man of showbiz. Best First Feature Film,
2012 Guadalajara IFF.

, dir. Sebastían Silva, Chile, 2007, 92 minutes

Death come wrapped in a mutual embrace, absurd and poignant at once, in
celebrated director Sebastián Silva’s debut film about the unlikely
friendship between a grieving, young cinematographer and a morbidly
obsessed drifter. Best First Feature Film, 2008
International Latino FF; Best Chilean Film of 2007, Chilean Art Critics Circle.

, dir. Mani Haghighi, Iran, 2012, 100 minutes

sibling-sophisticates from Tehran travel the mountainous northern
countryside, maniacally pushing bags of money on locals-a hilarious and
alarming exercise that unfurls with unexpected force amid subtle themes
of power and corruption. NETPAC Prize, 2012 Berlin IFF; Official Selection, 2012 Chicago IFF.

, dir. Srdjan Dragojevic, Serbia, 2011, 115 minutes

In exchange for some wedding-planning expertise, a macho Serbian crime
boss recruits a ragtag group of Balkan war-buddies to provide protection
for a Pride march in this rollicking yet poignant comedy inspired by
real events. Panorama Audience Award, 2012
Berlin IFF; FIPRESCI Serbia Award for Best Serbian Film 2011. 

, dir. Suman Ghosh, India, 2012, 65 minutes

80-year-old Kolkata retiree is determined to get the streetlights
turned off after sunrise, but finding someone to take him seriously
proves a battle against an indifferent bureaucracy and a complacent
quo. Official Selection, 2012 Busan IFF.


 dir. Eduardo Nunes, Brazil, 2011, 128 minutes

A young woman gives birth on her deathbed to a child who, spirited away
to a remote lakeside village, lives her lifetime in a single day, in
this hauntingly dreamlike tale of incommensurable life. Special Jury Prize, FIPRESCI Best Latin American Film and
Best Photography, 2011 Rio IFF; Official Selection, 2012 IFF Rotterdam.

STUDENT, dir. Darezhan
Omirbayev, Kazakhstan, 2012, 90 minutes

A solitary philosophy student commits a calculated violent crime against
the backdrop of Kazakhstan’s growing inequality, institutional
corruption and a ruthless ethic of eat-or-be-eaten in this broodingly
contemporary adaptation of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. Un
Certain Regard, 2012 Cannes FF; Official Selection, 2012 Toronto IFF; Official Selection, 2012 Venice IF. 

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