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Evilness (La Maldad)

Directed by Joshua Gil

  • Mexico 2015; 74 min
  • Original version: Spanish
  • Genre: Drama
    • Special Mention (Ahora México) - FICUNAM

  • From the director of SANCTORUM presented at Doha Film Institute Qumra


An old man in the country wants to make a film, the story of a whole life told across twelve songs, of a love lost and a family torn asunder, all guided by the logic of dreams. But even if the script is the best in the world, this film won’t be easy to make, as actors aren’t cheap and Mexico City holds the purse strings. But maybe his film is the one we’re already watching. The same sense of longing is certainly there, in the emptied out landscapes, the mist of dewy mornings and the unquenchable fire. We don’t hear all twelve songs and it’s only the old man that sings, but each one somehow evokes all the others. Yet there’s more to this film than just love and longing. As he and his friend wander the fields, chew their food or merely rest their weary bones, we could be watching a documentary, a stark portrait of growing old in the country. And the political is never far away either, as assassinations and corruption still reverberate even here. Or perhaps let’s just settle for a road movie, in which one man disappears into the fog and another makes his way to the big city: an important meeting, an impromptu demonstration, sudden gunfire and a fade to black.

Director's Statement

EVILNESS combines two basic terms in its production: poetry and politics. It took eight years to bring together all the elements I needed to make my debut film, Evilness. And it wasn't until 2012, the year of the presidential election, when everything came together for the production.

Friendship as an excuse, filmmaking as the very purpose of the story and the suffering caused by constant uncertainty. A cold wind blows as an ethereal atmosphere appears on screen; the clouds metaphorically touch the ground to reveal a rarely observed Mexican reality.

Five weeks of shooting in natural light conditions over the course of six months. We were only able to film a few days a week due to the main character's terminal illness. With the incredible support of professionals, friends and family, we succeeded in producing this authentic work with an independent budget, enabling us to tell this story. Once again: Freedom.

The primary inspiration for the story is a lost love suffered by the main character after being abandoned by a woman. I cling to the love of cinema and, together with the characters, pursue the end of the story – no matter how painful or real it is.



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