We Are Mari Pepa
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    We Are Mari Pepa

    Somos Mari Pepa

    Directed by

    Mexico

    2013

    95 min

    • Spanish

    Melodrama

    Their first punk song is obscene and powerful. But now, if the four lads from Mari Pepa are to take part in a battle of the bands, they have a pressing need for a new song. Their second is just like the first – but sadly not as inspired. They’re only half way on the road to fame when reality catches up with them: a dull holiday job, their first girlfriend, problems with parents – everything suddenly seems to conspire against them. Alex is the band’s quiet brooder. When his guitar is stolen this puts an end to his dream of following in the footsteps of Iggy Pop and the Ramones. At a party he gets it on with a girl for the first time. But the next morning he has to shuffle home with his feet in plastic bags: he lost his trainers while he was high. Will Mari Pepa lose its devil-may-care attitude for good this summer? With a talent for careful observation, young Mexican filmmaker Samuel Kishi Leopo succeeds in creating an impressively realistic and atmospheric portrait. The plot is as open-ended as life itself when you’re sixteen, and the photography is as natural as though the protagonists were used to having a camera around all the time.

    Awards

    • Honorable Mention - Miami IFF
    • Prix CCAS - CinéLatino

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Alejandro Gallardo
    Arnold Ramírez
    Moisés Galindo
    Rafael Andrade
    Petra Iñiguez
    Screenplay
    Samuel Kishi Leopo
    Sofía Gómez Cordova
    Cinematography
    Octavio Arauz
    Editing
    Yordi Capó
    Carlos Espinoza
    Music
    Kenji Kishi Leopo
    Sales
    FIGA FILMS
    Production
    CEBOLLA FILMS
    Production
    TEONANACATL AUDIOVISUAL

    Press

    Samuel Kishi Leopo makes an appealing feature debut with this tender, pitch-perfect coming-of-ager.

    Alissa Simon, Variety

    Samuel Kishi Leopo

    Samuel Kishi Leopo

    Born in Mexico in 1984, he studied audiovisual arts at the University of Guadalajara and directed numerous short films which have been screened at international festivals including Clermont-Ferrand, Cannes and Morelia. WE ARE MARI PEPA marks his feature debut.

    Selected Filmography