The Gasoline Thieves

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The Gasoline Thieves (Huachicolero)

Directed by Edgar Nito

  • Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, USA 2019; 93 min
  • Original version: Spanish
  • Genre: Drama
    • Best New Narrative Director - Tribeca FF


Living with his mother and working as a farmhand in his hometown, fourteen-year-old Lalo sees buying a smartphone for his high-school crush the only surefire way into her heart. When his mother is forced to use his savings in order to pay for medical bills, Lalo decides to approach the local huachicoleros for help, who quickly enlist his aid in their business of illegally siphoning gas in order to take advantage of the country’s shortage and re-sell on the black market. As Lalo naively becomes more involved with the huachicoleros’ work, an uneasy air of violence begins to overtake the world around him, while investigators narrow their search for those responsible.




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