The Gasoline Thieves

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    The Gasoline Thieves

    Huachicolero

    Directed by

    Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, USA

    2019

    93 min

    • Spanish

    Drama

    Scope Expanded - Staff Picks

    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.

    Awards

    • Best New Narrative Director - Tribeca FF
    • Best Òrbita Film - Sitges IFFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Eduardo Banda
    Pedro Joaquin
    Regina Reynoso
    Fernando Becerril
    Pascacio López
    Leonardo Alonso
    Screenplay
    Alfredo Mendoza
    Edgar Nito
    Cinematography
    Juan Pablo Ramírez
    Editing
    Sam Baixauli
    Music
    Carlo Ayhllón
    Sales
    AMP INTERNATIONAL
    Production
    PIROTECNIA FILMS

    Press

    An assured and tremendously strong feature debut which fluidly blends a coming-of-age drama with a timely and socially conscious topic that has claimed hundreds of lives.

    Adam Patterson, Film Pulse

    Nito and co-scripter Alfredo Mendoza have a great ear for the rhythms of teenage interaction, and there's an appealing naturalism to the youthful performances.

    Michael Gingold, Birth.Movies.Death.

    Edgar Nito has made an auspicious debut about a world that looks as if it’s going to hell.

    Graham Fuller, Screendaily

    A tense blend of social realism and crime drama.

    John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

    Edgar Nito

    Edgar Nito

    Mexico

    Edgar Nito graduated from the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica. He has made several award-winning short films screened in festivals such as Sitges, Cinefantasy Brasil, Scream Fest LA, among others. He was invited to direct the segment JARAL DE BERRIOS within the feature film BARBAROUS MEXICO. THE GASOLINE THIEVES (2019) is his feature debut. His work also includes commercials, music videos and television series. He is a founding member of Pirotecnia Films.