After Lucia

After Lucia  {Después de Lucía}
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After Lucia
Después de Lucía
Mexico, 2012, 102 Minute Running Time
Topics: Coming of Age, Latino
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Spanish English Sub-Titles

Awards: Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival Festival

In the aftermath of a Mexican woman’s death in a car accident, her husband and daughter, Roberto and Alejandra, move from Puerto Vallarta to Mexico City, where Roberto plans to open a restaurant. Alejandra quickly makes friends with the popular kids in high school, but when a drunken sexual experience gets recorded and circulated she becomes the object of vicious bullying. She keeps it all a secret from her father, concerned for his state of mind. Roberto’s struggle to cope with the loss of his wife blinds him to what’s happening to his daughter until it’s already gone too far.

Winner of numerous awards, including the prestigious Un Certain Regard prize at the Cannes Film Festival, the searing, intense After Lucia establishes Michel Franco as a major talent. Employing a rigorous and highly personal style that elevates subtext and visual clues over straightforward dialogue, Franco nails the emotionally devastating story, drawing restrained but utterly intense performances from leads Hernan Mendoza and Tessa Ia.

DIRECTOR: Michel Franco
Producer: Michel Franco, Marco Polo Constandse, Elias Menasse, Fernando Rovzar
Editor: Antonio Bribiesca Ayala, Michel Franco
Screenwriter: Michel Franco
Cinematographer: Chuy Chavez
Principal Cast: Tessa Ia, Hernán Mendoza, Gonzalo Vega Sisto, Tamara Yazbek Bernal, Francisco Rueda, Paloma Cervantes
Filmography: Daniel and Ana (2009)
Print Source: Bac Films - www.bacfilms.com

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