DIRECTED BY: Samuel Kishi Leopo COUNTRY: Mexico YEAR: 2019 SPOKEN LANGUAGE(S): Spanish, English, Cantonese SUBTITLES: German live voice over RUNNING TIME: 95 min
SECTION: International Forum, Open Eyes
Eight year old Max and his younger brother Leo don’t have much, but they have each other and their mother Lucía. And they share a dream as well: To visit Disneyland one day. The family has recently emigrated to the USA from Mexico, and while Lucía tries to finance their new life by doing odd jobs, the two brothers spend their days in their sparsely furnished one-room flat. The walls of the room, which they are forbidden to leave, become a projection screen for imaginative adventures and open a window on their new life. Director Samuel Kishi Leopo recalls aspects of his own childhood in Los Lobos and resituates them in a currently highly charged context – brutally honest and yet poetic, melancholic and full of hope. (Souce: Berlinale)
Samuel Kishi Leopo holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in audiovisual arts from the University of Guadalajara. His work has been shown in over 100 festivals around the world, including Clermont Ferrand and the Berlinale, where he competed on the Generation Kplus section with his feature film debut SOMOS MARI PEPA. Some of his awards include the Morelia International Film Festival’s Silver Eye, the Mexican Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences’ Best Short Film for MARI PEPA, as well as three Ariel nominations for his feature film debut SOMOS MARI PEPA.
Luces negras (2009), Acerca del drama de los calcetines (2010), Mari Pepa (2011), Somos Mari Pepa (2013), Juglares del Gol (2016), Los Lobos (2019)
SCRIPT: Samuel Kishi Leopo, Sofía Gómez Córdova, Luis Briones PRODUCER: Inna Payan Stoupignan CINEMATOGRAPHY: Octavio Arauz EDITOR: Yordi Capó, Carlos Espinoza Benítez, Samuel Kishi Leopo SCORE: Kenji Kishi Leopo CAST: Maximiliano Nájar Márquez, Leonardo Nájar Márquez, Martha Reyes Arias
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Animal De Luz Films WORLD SALES: FiGa Films