Alamar

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    Alamar

    Directed by

    Mexico

    2009

    73 min

    • Spanish
    • Italian

    Drama

    A father of Mayan origins and his son Natan spend their last days together before Natan returns to live with his Italian mother in Rome. Spending their days at sea, their relationship grows as they connect with life above and below the surface of the sea.

    Awards

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    • Tiger Award, IFF Rotterdam
    • Grand Jury Prize, Miami FF
    • Best Film, Audience Award, Morelia IFF
    • FIPRESCI Prize, Toulouse Latin America FF
    • Golden Shika, Best Film, Nara IFF

    Credits

    Cast
    Roberta Palombini
    Nestor Marin
    Natan Machado Palombini
    Jorge Machado
    Screenplay
    Pedro González-Rubio
    Cinematography
    Pedro González-Rubio
    Editing
    Pedro González-Rubio

    Director's Statement

    By photographing and developing a story based on the current relation between man and his habitat in Chinchorro, I intend to portray my love for this region and the admiration and respect I have towards the lives of its fishermen. I didn´t want to make a distant or intelectual approach in this film. What I wanted to achieve was a visual experience that could trigger emotions of empathy with the characters

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    Press

    A lovely soulful feature

    Jay Weissberg, Variety

    ...a poignant cinematic ode to father-son relationships, an elegy to the virtues of freedom in childhood, and a passionate defence of the integrity of nature’s few remaining paradises.

    Lee Marshall, Screen International

    The relationship of the men both with each other and with the world they inhabit is portrayed with subtlety, expertise and great humanity. I loved every frame of it.

    Geoff Andrew, Time Out UK

    This is lyrical, minimalist filmmaking with maximum effect for such a slender thread of life.

    Bruce Kirkland, Toronto Sun

    Pedro González Rubio

    Pedro González Rubio

    Mexico

    As a cinematographer and a director, I am interested in what the images have to say rather than the dialogue. I want to know what the images mean.

    Born in 1976 in Mexico, Pedro González-Rubio studied media in Mexico City before attending the London Film School. In 2005 he co-directed TORO NEGRO with Carlos Armella, a documentary rewarded the same year with the Horizontes Award at the San Sebastián International Film Festival. His solo directorial debut ALAMAR (2009) was awarded more than 15 prizes worldwide including the VPRO Tiger Award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. INORI (2012) was awarded Golden Leopard at FF Locarno (Filmmakers of the Present). His latest film is ICAROS (2014) has been selected in more than 10 film festivals, including Visions du Réel, Riviera Maya FF, Jihlava DFF and FICUNAM. His latest film ANTIGONE was selected at FICUNAM 2018.

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