Days of Grace

Set in Mexico City over twelve years, benchmarked by the World Cup 2002, 2006 and 2010, the film follows three very disparate lives that intersect as they are impacted by violence and abduction. Lupe (Tenoch Huerta), an idealistic cop, is tasked to investigate a crime ring and finds that justice has no value when a human life has a price. When Susana’s (Dolores Heredia) businessman-husband Arturo is taken, she must go outside the law to fight for his release. And Iguana (Kristyan Ferrer) is conflicted as he dreams of becoming a boxer even as he is drawn into a lifestyle that finds him guarding kidnap Victim X (Carlos Bardem) and facing down a criminal mastermind.

Semana Santa

Dali travels to Acapulco to spend the Easter holidays with her son Pepino and boyfriend Chávez. Her inner demons threaten the burgeoning family as her son and boyfriend try desperately to connect with her. Acknowledging her dismissal of them, Pepino leads a group of raucous young kids at the resort while Chavez takes off on a drug fueled binge with some teenage girls. Dali takes a solitary jet ski ride – something Pepino had asked to do for his birthday and has an emotional connection with an older American tourist. As morning comes, the transformed family reunites to await what destiny has in store for them. [Synopsis courtesy of SXSW]

Gueros

Güeros is a road movie in which the travellers barely manage to leave town. A coming of age comedy which pays homage to the French new wave, it was filmed in black-and-white and in 4:3 ratio. Being a somewhat unusual film, Güeros begins with a rather different kind of explosion: a water bomb bursts in a baby stroller. It is thrown by teenager Tomás from a block of flats. Since the lad is clearly too much of a handful for his mother, she packs him off to stay with his big brother who is studying in Mexico City. It’s 1999. Fede, also known to his friends as Sombra, lives with Santos in a concrete pre-fab. They are currently striking against the strike which their fellow-students are organising at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Tomás has brought a cassette along with him; the tape is part of his father’s legacy and contains the music of Epigmenio Cruz. They say his songs moved Bob Dylan to tears, and that he could have saved Mexico’s rock music scene from ruin. When the trio learns that their idol is in hospital fading fast and alone, they set off in their rusty heap of a car to pay their last respects to this one-time rock star. [Synopsis courtesy of Berlinale]

Depositarios

In the near future, medicine, computing and genetics have made it possible to end the human physical and psychological pain, filtering it through other human beings created expressly for this task, known as “gatekeepers”. The plot follows the story of two researchers who belong to the Police Special Branch dedicated to pursue the emerging crimes related to the implementation of this new technology.

Stand Clear of the Closing Doors

When autistic teen Ricky is scolded for skipping class, he escapes into the subway for a days-long odyssey among the subway’s disparate denizens. Meanwhile, his mother wages an escalating search effort above ground. Based on a true story and set in Far Rockaway, Queens, in the days leading up to Hurricane Sandy, these parallel stories of mother and son take the viewer on a touching journey of community and connection in and below New York City.