Sponsored by Gordon Radley
Directed by Kai Parlange
Starring: Kuno Becker, Ana Serradilla, Hernán Mendoza, Gerardo Taracena, Rocío Verdejo, Marina de Tavira
FOCUS: LATIN AMERICA • Based on the 1990 kidnapping of an architect in the provincial Mexican city of Puebla, Kai Parlange’s beautifully composed and completely engrossing debut feature chronicles the extraordinary reserves one man draws upon after finding himself cast into captivity. After his abduction, Lazaro (Kuno Becker) has his world contract to a small white room with a toilet and one window, where he is held for ransom. Initially collapsing under the shock, Lazaro soon finds the inner resources<em>—</em>hence the title’s double entendre<em>—</em>to become a match for his captors. With the stamina of a marathon runner and the creative insight of an artist, Lazaro maintains an interior freedom despite his physical confinement. Becker’s nuanced, powerful performance is key to the mesmerizing storytelling as the film builds to a surprising finale of Hitchcockian dimensions. Throughout, Parlange shows himself an original new talent as surely as <i>Richness of Internal Space</i> proves one of the year’s real finds.
Film Note Writer: Zoë Elton