Winning the Best First Feature Award at the Berlin International Film Festival is no small feat, and debutante Gabriel Ripstein achieved such distinction last February with “600 Miles,” a singular take on the ambivalent relationship between Mexico and the United States. The film is Mexico’s Official Oscar Entry in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
English-language talent is represented by British actor Tim Roth who stars as American Hank Harris, an ATF agent who crosses over kidnapped by Arnulfo Rubio (Kristyan Ferrer), a young man who smuggles weapons across the border. Regardless of their distinctively opposing worldviews, their destinies are intricately connected – just likes their respective homelands. Ferrer recently starred in films such as “Buen Dia, Ramon” and “The Empty Hours,” both of which were released in the U.S.
Stateside distribution for “600 Miles” is being handled by Pantelion Films, the distribution and production company behind the most successful Spanish-language films ever released in the U.S. including Eugenio Derbez’ “Instructions Not Included,” “A La Mala,” and the surprise animated hit “Un Gallo Con Muchos Huevos.”
Pantelion “600 Miles” on December 4th on 50 screens across the U.S.
The official synopsis for the bi-national gripping thriller reads as follows: Arnulfo Rubio, a young gun trafficker between the United States and Mexico, is being followed by ATF agent Hank Harris. After a risky mistake by Harris, Rubio makes a desperate decision: he smuggles the agent into Mexico. And while these two apparent enemies slowly connect, they reach a dangerous place. And the only way out will be by trusting each other.
Check out the official poster for the film below: