Two Mexican films at the Hot Docs Festival 2012 (ABR 28, 29, 30 & MAY 6)

“Drought” ( 83´) Director: Everardo González

Film Synopsis: Survival is no easy matter on the vast, dry plains of north-eastern Mexico. That’s something the desert cowboys who live and work on a communal ranch there know better than anyone. Every year they face death, avoiding the drought that threatens the ranch. “In order to have a piece of land, you must suffer,” sighs an elderly man. In cinema verité style, the director follows the ranch residents’ daily lives, dominated as they are by the lack of water.

Everardo González was graduated from Social Communication at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana and in Cinematography from Centro de Capacitacion Cinematografica. He Works as a Director and Photographer with Discovery Channel in documentary series, Clio T.V. In 2008 he worked as Director and Photographer of the Documentary Segments for the movie Backyard, (El Traspatio) directed by Carlos Carrera.

Filmmaker in attendance.

Saturday, April 28, 8:45pm, TIFF Bell Lightbox 4
Monday, April 30, 2:00pm, ROM Theatre

“Garden in the Sea” (68´) Director: Thomas Riedelsheimer

Film Synopsis: documentary about art, landscape and environment. Over a period of four years the director followed Spanish artist Cristina Iglesias to the Mexican Sea of Cortez where she was commissioned to create an underwater sculpture. Expanding the form of a classic portrait the film talks about the role of art but also about human passion, experiences and longings and makes the stunning beauty of our world tangible.

Thomas Riedelsheimer studied at the Academy for Film and Television in Munich and works as a free-lance author, director, cameraman and producer. He is well experienced in all film formats but particularly loves the S-16mm negative for his work. His films deal with a variety of topics and he focuses more and more on feature length documentaries for cinema release. He won some major national and international film and television awards for directing as well as for editing and camerawork.

Saturday, April 28, 4:00pm, ROM Theatre
Sunday, April 29, 9:30pm, Innis Town Hall
Sunday, May 6, 4:00pm, TIFF Bell Lightbox 4

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