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Directed by Viktor Jakovleski

Mexico 2017 77 mins. In Spanish

Every year, residents of the Mexican city of Tultepec – “the fireworks capital of the world”—hold a pair of events in honor of San Juan de Dios, the patron saint of fireworks manufacturers. On one evening the professionals put on a display like no other, and on the next local residents stage their own pyrotechnic version of the famed running of the bulls. Jakovleski uses GoPros and a flying drone to capture the explosive scene from high above, abstracting and widening the vista of the festival and taking viewers on a magical cinematic journey through the sparks and flames that ignite the night skies. Best Documentary, San Francisco International Film Festival.

Genres: Documentary

Appears in: Oscilloscope at Ten



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