Aquí y Allá

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Aquí y Allá

Directed by Antonio Méndez Esparza

  • Spain, USA, Mexico 2012; 110 min
  • Original version: Spanish
  • Genre: Drama
    • The Nathan Cummings Foundation Award - Jerusalem FF
    • Nespresso Grand Prize - La Semaine de la Critique
    • Louve d'or for Best Feature Film - FNC Montréal
    • Best Film, Golden Gateway od India Award, Silver Gateway Award for best director - Mumbai Film Festival
    • Special Mention - AFI Fest
    • Best Director Award - Thessaloniki IFF

Synopsis

Pedro returns home to a small mountain village in Guerrero, Mexico after years of working in the US. He finds his daughters older, and more distant than he imagined. His wife still has the same smile. Having saved some earnings from two trips to the US, he hopes to now finally make a better life with his family, and even to pursue his dreams on the side by starting a band: Copa Kings. He cherishes the everyday moments with his family.
The villagers think this year’s crop will be bountiful. There is also good work in a growing city an hour away. But the locals are wise to a life of insecurity, and their thoughts are often of family members or opportunities far away, north of the border. While working in the fields, Pedro meets and begins to mentor a teenager who dreams of the US. That place somehow always feels very present, practically knocking at the door.
AQUI Y ALLA IS a story about hope, and the memories and loss of what we leave behind.

Director's Statement

It is a film about home, and about the feeling of home while being far away. The return home, to fill in the shoes one left. Presences are felt, and shadows are dark. The future is always close to the US, an overlying shadow. The film was an exercise in trusting the community, in both directions: me in them, and even more so, them in me. I feel extremely grateful that I was able to film the movie as I thought it should be done, as a mixture of documentary and fiction. The film is a blend, as everyone, except the girls who play the daughters of Pedro, are playing their “real” roles. Pedro is a musician, and returned from the US. His wife in the film is his wife in real life. I was amazed by how much they trusted me in making the film, and how they followed me in the journey. I also decided to fully engage them, and fully trust them and their instincts. The story evolved with them, and I was always open to where the story and the film would go. It was a scripted film, but once we started production many things evolved to feel more real: from characters, to situations, to even entire sequences. Although we did have many impediments, I was able to have enough creative freedom to create the film as I felt best. That creative freedom and the trust of the producers was a blessing. I wanted to continually shoot, to make a movie that never ended. Every door opened a new story. But a film must always end. We now have a feeling that somehow the movie opens up a different world. While shooting I was always looking around, even outside the frame. I thought of the frame as an invitation, as part of a place. We will hear and hopefully imagine what is outside the frame. I do believe, and really hope, that we have managed to really recreate the experience of living there, and to have caught a little of the spirit of the place. I am really looking forward to inviting you to AQUÍ Y ALLÁ.

Production

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