Life and Nothing More

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    Life and Nothing More

    Directed by

    Spain, USA

    2017

    113 min

    • English

    Drama

    Toronto IFFSan Sebastián IFF

    Standing on the edge of adulthood, Andrew yearns to find his purpose as a young African-American in today's America. With his mother longing to find more to her life then parenting, Andrew is forced to take on the mounting pressure of family responsibility. His search for connection with an absent father, leads him to a dangerous crossroads.

    Awards

    • FIPRESCI Award, SIGNIS Award - San Sebastián IFF
    • Cinema Politica Award - Festival du nouveau cinéma

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Andrew Bleechington
    Regina Williams
    Robert Williams
    Ry'nesia Chambers
    Screenplay
    Antonio Méndez Esparza
    Cinematography
    Barbu Balasoiu
    Editing
    Santiago Oviedo
    Sales
    FILM CONSTELLATION
    Production
    AQUI Y ALLI FILMS

    Press

    In the light of rising political and racial tension in the US following Charlottesville, there could hardly be a more timely, urgently charged film on the festival circuit than Life and Nothing More.

    Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily

    A powerfully executed, richly human study of the challenges facing a black working class family.

    Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily

    This is a film which, in the wake of Barry Jenkins’s Moonlight, could and should make its presence felt beyond the usual festival platforms.

    Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily

    ife and Nothing More is an involving, quietly moving piece that eschews conventional narrative shape to offer a multi-layered depiction of exactly what the title promises.

    Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily

    Antonio Méndez Esparza

    Antonio Méndez Esparza

    Spain

    For me, when you stop filming, you stop looking. When you film, your gaze crystalizes, you hunt and capture, you aim to understand, to share, to aim to reveal truths and intimacies.

    Antonio Méndez Esparza was born in Madrid in 1976. He is a graduate of the Colombia University with an MFA in filmmaking. His short film UNA Y OTRA VEZ was a Finalist for the Student Academy Awards. AQUI Y ALLA, his directorial debut, was selected in the competition of Cannes Critic's Week in 2012 and won the Nespresso Grand Prize and the Caméra d'Or. His latest film LIFE AND NOTHING MORE was selected at Toronto IFF, San Sebastián IFF, AFI Fest and more.

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