Home Viewing Fri, Oct 16
Ticket Prices
General Public:$10.00
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:Cine Latino
Rodrigo Reyes Retrospective
Human Rights
Release Year:2020
Runtime:87 min
Festivals & Awards:Hot Docs - Special Jury Prize International Documentary
Tribeca Film Festival - Best Cinematography in a Documentary Film
EIDF Korea - Special Jury Award
Director:Rodrigo Reyes
Executive Producer:Carter Logan
Steve Holmgren
Producer:Inti Cordera
Andrew Houchens
Rodrigo Reyes
Cinematographer:Alejandro Mejía
Screenwriter:Rodrigo Reyes
Lorena Padilla
Editor:Daniel Chávez Ontiveros
Composer:Pablo Mondragón
Principal Cast:Eduardo San Juan Breña
Filmography:Purgatorio: A Journey Into the Heart of the Border (2013)
Lupe Under the Sun (2016)



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The first-ever retrospective of award-winning Mexican-American director, screenwriter, and producer Rodrigo Reyes. Members of Reyes’s creative team, acclaimed film critics, guest programmers, film funders and scholars will join us during the festival to celebrate his deeply moving, insightful and uncompromising cinematic voice.

Rodrigo Reyes

Reyes’s films have screened in over 50 film festivals around the world. Named one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker Magazine, he was the recipient of the 2016 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow at MacDowell Colony, the 2017 National Mediamaker Fellowship by the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC), the Spotlight on Storytellers Award from the Sundance Institute, as well as the Guggenheim Fellowship and Creative Capital Award. Rodrigo’s work has received the support of Tribeca Film Institute, Sundance Institute, California Humanities Council, Film Independent, IFP Narrative and Documentary Labs, the Berkeley Film Foundation, the Bay Area Video Coalition, the Mexican Film Institute, and ITVS Open Call.

About 499

Shipwrecked and washed ashore almost five-hundred years after the first landing of the Spanish fleets, a dazed, time-tripping conquistador (Eduardo San Juan Breña) finds himself retracing Cortés's infamous journey from the beaches of Veracruz to Tenochtitlan, the heart of the Aztec Empire, and across a land plagued by the violent effects of colonialism’s destructive force on this powerful mix of magical realism and unforgettable testimonials from acclaimed filmmaker Rodrigo Reyes. From the mother searching for her long-missing son in the soil beneath her feet to the career assassin for whom murder is just another day at the office; and the Central American men fleeing violence and poverty aboard fast-moving trains to the indigenous cops whose vigilance might have changed the course of history had it happened centuries earlier, the lone, befuddled Spaniard comes face to face with the destruction he had a hand in creating: an ancient violence carried into the modern era—as well as the strength of a resilient people struggling to find justice--in this powerful new documentary, winner of Best Cinematography honors at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival and the Hot Docs Special Jury Prize for International Feature Documentary.

Un conquistador aturdido y viajero (Eduardo San Juan Breña), naufraga y es arrastrado a la costa casi quinientos años después del primer desembarco de las flotas españolas, desanda el infame viaje de Cortés desde las playas de Veracruz hasta la gran Tenochtitlán, el corazón del Imperio Azteca, a través de una tierra, hoy, plagada de los efectos violentos de la fuerza destructiva del colonialismo, esta historia mezcla de realismo mágico y testimonios inolvidables. Desde la madre que busca a su hijo desaparecido en el suelo bajo sus pies hasta el asesino profesional para quien el asesinato es solo un día más en la oficina; desde hombres que huyen de la violencia y la pobreza de Centro América a bordo de trenes veloces hasta indígenas que practican hoy una vigilancia que podría haber cambiado el curso de la historia si hubiera sucedido siglos antes, el conquistador solitario y consternado se enfrenta cara a cara con la destrucción que devino por la conquista. Escucha los testimonios de los sobrevevientes actuales de la violencia en Mexico y de su lucha incansable por encontrar la justicia, en este nuevo y conmovedor documental del aclamado director Rodrigo Reyes, ganador de los premios a la Mejor Cinematografía en el Festival de Cine de Tribeca 2020 y el Premio Especial del Jurado en el Festival Hot Docs.

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