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Directed by Joaquín Del Paso

Mexico, Poland 2016 86 mins. In Spanish

Panamerican Machinery may be the happiest place in the world to work. Workers and management get along like one tight-knit family as they celebrate birthdays with cake and are encouraged by daily motivational messages. But when the company president suddenly dies, the façade quickly crumbles. Refusing to let go of the dream, the workers lock themselves in the factory, vowing to do whatever it takes to uphold their boss’s legacy. “Del Paso’s first feature is a witty and comedic examination of Mexico’s dysfunctional system where attempts to find a collective voice often lead to more chaos and division.”—AFI Fest.

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Reviews: Hollywood Reporter

Interviews: Interview with Joaquín Del Paso at Film Comment (first interview)

First feature

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