Son of Monarchs
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    Son of Monarchs

    Hijo de Monarcas

    Directed by

    Mexico, USA

    2021

    97 min

    • English
    • Spanish

    Drama

    After his grandmother’s death, a Mexican biologist living in New York returns to his hometown, nestled in the majestic monarch butterfly forests of Michoacán. The journey forces him to confront past traumas and reflect on his hybrid identity, sparking a personal and spiritual metamorphosis.

    Awards

    • Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize - Sundance
    • Grand Jury Prize - Seattle IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Tenoch Huerta Mejia
    Screenplay
    Alexis Gambis
    Cinematography
    Alejandro Mejía
    Editing
    Èlia Gasull Balada & Alexis Gambis
    Sales
    THE FILM SALES COMPANY
    Production
    IMAGINAL DISC

    Press

    A visually daring hybrid of science and art anchored by a riveting performance by Tenoch Huerta.

    IndieWire

    Deceptively fragile-seeming, yet robust, structurally complex and vibrantly hued

    Screen Daily

    Alexis Gambis

    Alexis Gambis

    France, Venezuela

    Alexis Gambis is a French-Venezuelan filmmaker and biologist. His films combine documentary and fiction, often embracing animal perspectives and experimenting with new forms of scientific storytelling. His latest feature SON OF MONARCHS (2021) dissects through issues of identity, (im)migration and animal/human evolution.