Fauna offers a commentary on how narco violence has taken a toll in Mexico, its society and its imagination. In the larger frame narrative, estranged offspring Luisa and Gabino revisit their parents in a ghost village. Their father’s only interest in them is sparked by Luisa’s actor boyfriend when he acts out the role of narco kingpin. In the acerbic inset, played by the same actors, a man arrives at a hotel looking for a lost friend, becomes embroiled with the sister of the girl who’s going out with the thuggish son of the local kingpin. The man’s life becomes a nightmare, the gross brutish blind he suffers contrasting with the glamor of narco fiction.
- Amplify Voices Award Special Mention - TIFF
- Ojo for Best Direction (Mexican Features Competition) - Morelia IFF
- Lazaro Gabino Rodriguez
- Luisa Pardo Urias
- Francisco Barreiro
- Teresita Sanchez
- Jose Rodriguez Lopez
- Mariana Villegas
- Fernando Alvarez Rebeil
- Mariel Baqueiro
- Ilana Coleman
- INTERIOR 13 CINE
- CAA (CREATIVE ARTISTS AGENCY)
- NICOLAS PEREDA
I’m not interested in capturing reality; I’m interested in talking about it. Realism and hyperrealism have nothing to do with this.
Born in 1982 in Mexico, in 2007 Nicolás Pereda wrote, directed and edited his first feature film, WHERE ARE THEIR STORIES?, for which he won the Best Film Award at the Morelia IFF the same year. In 2009 he directed PERPETUUM MOBILE, INTERVIEW WITH THE EARTH, a documentary short, and TOGETHER. His next film, SUMMER OF GOLIATH (2010), won several festival prizes, including the Orizzonti Award at Venice. The same year Nicolás Pereda also made ALL THINGS WERE OVERTAKEN BY SILENCE. MINOTAUR (2015) was selected at Viennale, International Film Festival Rotterdam and in FICUNAM, where he also presented TALES OF TWO WHO DREAMT (2016), co-directed with Andrea Bussmann. His latest film, MY SKIN, LUMINOUS (2019), was co-directed by Gabino Rodríguez and premiered at the Locarno Festival. His latest work is the film DEAR CHANTAL (2021), selected at Toronto IFF 2021.