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Directed by Sebastián Del Amo

Mexico 2012 90 mins. In Spanish

Mexico’s half-forgotten B-movie master, “involuntary surrealist” Juan Orol (1897–1988), receives a pitch-perfect tribute in this deft, irresistible love letter to a self-made man of showbiz whose career spanned half a century and nearly 60 films. Abetted by an all-pro cast, del Amo’s brilliant interpretation of Orol’s life exudes a droll underdog charm, and almost every frame is an infectious homage to the golden age of cinema, the wiles of memory, and the art of fantasy. Winner of the Best First Feature Award at the 27th Guadalajara International Film Festival. “A visually playful biopic on Mexico’s Ed Wood.”—Variety.

Genres: Comedy, Drama

Appears in: Global Lens



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