La Civil


The Main 3 Fri, Oct 14, 2022 3:00 PM
The Main 3 Sun, Oct 16, 2022 6:30 PM
Film Info
Festival Programs:Cine Latino
Bright New Voices
Women in Film
Cinema with a Conscience
Release Year:2021
Runtime:145 min
Print Source:Zeitgeist Films
Women Directors
True Story
Social Justice
Director:Teodora Mihai
Executive Producer:Tudor Reu
Producer:Hans Everaert
Cinematographer:Marius Panduru
Screenwriter:Habacuc Antonio De Rosario
Teodora Mihai
Editor:Alain Dessauvage
Composer:Jean-Stephane Garbe
Hugo Lippens
Principal Cast:Arcelia Ramírez
Álvaro Guerrero
Jorge A. Jimenez


Actress Arcelia Ramírez Attending 10/16 Screening

In Northern Mexico, single mother Cielo (Arcelia Ramírez, Like Water For Chocolate) lives a quiet life with her daughter Laura (Denisse Azpilcueta) in a landscape scarred by the horrors of narco-violence. When Laura disappears after a night out with boyfriend Lisandro (Manuel Villegas), Cielo receives an ominous message from a menacing local youth known simply as El Puma (Daniel Garcia, I'm No Longer Here): to hand over 150,000 pesos and the keys to her ex-husband’s pickup truck, "If you want to see your daughter again." Quickly, Cielo and ex-husband Gustavo (Álvaro Guerrero) scrape together the money but when the payment is made and Laura is not returned, the single mother knows immediately that she has to take matters into her own hands. Hitting walls of silence from her neighbors and an apathetic military, Cielo sets out to retrieve her daughter by any means necessary, taking her into hellish world of mass graves, blood-soaked torture rooms and an uneasy alliance with police lieutenant Lamarque (Jorge A. Jiménez) in this powerful first scripted feature from documentarian Teodora Ana Mihai, based on the incredible true story of Miriam Rodriguez, executive produced by Cristian Mungiu, Michel Franco and the Dardenne Brothers, and winner of the Un Certain Regard Prize of Courage Award at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.