The Mute

The Mute  {Mudo, El}
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The Mute
Mudo, El
Peru, 2013, 86 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: France, Mexico
US Premiere
Topics: Black Comedy, Crime, Latino, Romantic Comedy
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: Spanish English Sub-Titles

Awards: Locarno: Best Actor

In this dark comedy, Constantino, a harsh and incorruptible judge in Lima, Peru, is suddenly and inexplicably demoted. Shortly thereafter he’s shot in the neck as he’s driving home, and rendered unable to speak. He’s sure there’s been a conspiracy against him, and takes the law into his hands; he’ll stop at nothing to see that justice is done. And yet his rigid ideas of right and wrong are belied by his conflicted and less-than-straightforward relationships with his wife and family.

A standout of the Locarno Film Festival, where lead actor Fernando Bacilio was named Best Actor, "The Mute" takes a wise and humorous look at endemic corruption. Directors Daniel and Diego Vega employ a playful aesthetic, in which precise framing and deadpan editing heighten a wonderfully dry comedic sensibility. They show how a justice system that lacks perspective and compassion is as much out of balance as the rudderless society it attempts to regulate.

Winner: Best Actor, Locarno Film Festival

Filmmaker(s) attending: Director

DIRECTOR: Daniel Vega
Producer: Daniel & Diego Vega, Carlos Reygadas, Frederic Corvez, Clement Duboin
Editor: Gianfranco Annichini
Screenwriter: Diego & Daniel Vega, Manuel Arias
Cinematographer: Fergan Chávez-Ferrer
Music: Oscar Camacho
Principal Cast: Fernando Bacilio, Lidia Rodríguez, Juan Luis Maldonado, Augusto Varillas, José Luis Gómez, Norka Ramírez
Filmography: October (2010)
Print Source: TBD - not yet known

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