The first major political revolution of the 20th century, the Mexican Revolution transformed that society while offering a model for the rest of Latin America for government-directed social change. To commemorate its centenary, ten of Mexico’s brightest young directors each contributed a short to this omnibus project, organized and co-produced by Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna.
Ranging from Patricia Riggen’s delightful Beautiful and Beloved to Carlos Reygadas’s explosive This Is My Kingdom, Revolución is an intriguing collection of responses to the Revolution’s legacy, a fascinating panorama of views on contemporary Mexico, as well as a terrific introduction to one of the world’s most consistently exciting national cinemas. [Synopsis courtesy of the New York Film Festival]
A 24 hour period in the lives of Fausto and Jesus, two undocumented Mexican day-laborers in L.A. Each day another task, each day the same pressure to find money. They go about their daily routine, standing on the corner at the Home Improvement Store waiting for work to come. Today, the job they are given is well paid compared to their poor usual wages.
Heli lives in a tiny house on the Mexican plain. His life involves taking care of his young wife and sister and trying to do right by working an honest job at a factory. His younger sister is only 12 years old and has an older boyfriend who has just joined the army. A stupid decision by the young cadet sends Heli’s whole family cascading down a hellish path of violence and destruction. Once events are set in motion there is no escaping the carnage that results from a society ruled by men with guns. [Synopsis courtesy of AFI FEST]