Feature Film productions from bambú|audiovisual
El Alcalde (2012)
Documental / Feature Documentary, 80 mins.
(From Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF Review) :
The Mayor offers an intimate understanding of the current situation in Mexico from a side of the spectrum rarely accessed: someone in a position of power. Fernández cuts a controversial figure: when newly elected he publicly announced the death of a crime leader before the body was even found. Fearless, and surprisingly affable, he has no qualms about how he gets his job done, nor do his residents seem to mind. Since his election, crime rates, though still high, are down.
Over the course of The Mayor, we see Fernández play a clarinet solo in his enormous fortress outfitted with tiles from William Randolph Hearst's mansion. We watch home movies of his expeditions to Africa, and listen to his thoughts on governing, which often enter troublingly hazy moral zones. Allowing their subject to reflect on his life's activities in the comfort of his own quarters, Altuna, Rossini, and Osorno, in accordance with the best films of Errol Morris, craft a richly layered portrait of this contentious leader — by letting him speak for himself.
Un Mundo Secreto (2012)
Ficción / Feature Film, 87 mins.
A sus 18 años, María es una solitaria y promiscua soñadora luchando por dar sentido a su vida en una dura e intensa Ciudad de México. En el último día de escuela, María se embarca en un viaje épico por carretera, desde el caos urbano hasta los desiertos de Sinaloa y los vastos océanos de La Paz. Dentro de estos inmensos y cambiantes paisajes, el mundo natural abraza a María con una fuerza puramente poética.
On the last day of high school, a young woman leaves her world behind to begin a secret and mysterious journey of self-discovery. Eighteen-year-old María is a lonely and promiscuous dreamer struggling to make sense of her life in harsh and vibrant Mexico City. She embarks on an epic road trip, from Mexico City’s urban chaos to the deserts of Sinaloa and the vast oceans of La Paz.
Within these immense and shifting landscapes, María comes of age. In a spectacular and spiritual conclusion, the natural world embraces María with pure poetic force.
El Ciruelo cuenta la historia de la desaparición bajo las aguas de un pequeño poblado de la sierra de Nayarit. El llenado de la presa de ¨El Cajón¨ inunda el viejo rancho mientras las familias desplazadas intentan habituarse a la vida en el ¨Nuevo Ciruelo¨.
El Ciruelo tells the story of the vanishing of a little settlement in the Nayarit's sierra. The town is flooded by the water of the ¨El Cajón's dam", while the families that lived there try to become accustomed to the life on the ¨New Ciruelo¨.