La Jaula de Oro

La Jaula de Oro
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La Jaula de Oro
Mexico, 2013, 110 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Spain
Topics: Drama, Latino
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: Spanish English Sub-Titles

Awards: Zurich: Best Film, Cannes Un Certain Regard: A Certain Talent Prize

Sara, a Guatemalan teenager, chops her hair off and disguises herself as a boy. She’s joined by her friends Juan and Samuel on a thrilling and brutal journey north, hopping freight trains heading for Los Angeles. A blossoming attraction to a Tzotzil Indian boy named Chauk she meets on the way leads to anger and bitterness, but as the group faces life-and-death challenges from bandits and corrupt law enforcement they learn crucial life lessons about friendship and loyalty.

In his ambitious debut feature, director Diego Quemada-Diez brings a gritty, near-documentary realism and social conscience to a story about the excitement and horror young Central American migrants regularly face. Quemada-Diez - a camera assistant to Ken Loach on films like Carla’s Song and Land and Freedom - captures his characters’ youthful sense of adventure as they pursue a dream that may not be all that it seems (the title translates as “The Gilded Cage”). The remarkable cast of untrained actors won a special prize in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival.

“A very substantial movie, with great compassion and urgency.”
- Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Winner: Best Film, Zurich and Mumbai Film Festivals

DIRECTOR: Diego Quemada-Diez
Producer: Edher Campos, Inna Payån, Diego Quemada-Dîez, Luis Salinas
Editor: Paloma Lopez Carillo, Felipe Gomez
Screenwriter: Diego Quemada-Diez, Lucia Carreras, Gibran Portela
Cinematographer: Maria Secco
Music: Jacobo Lieberman, Leo Heiblum
Principal Cast: Brandon Lopez, Rodolfo Dominguez, Karen Martinez, Carlos Chajon
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Films Boutique

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