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Sun Oct 23, 2:45 PM
Director: Juan Pablo González
2022
Mexico, France
95 minutes
Unclassified 15+

A blend of drama and documentary that captures the struggles of a tequila rancher.

Maria Grace will stop at nothing to ensure the future of her struggling tequila factory, Dos Estaciones, the last Mexican owned tequila factory in Jalisco. Things start looking up for Maria when she meets Rafaela, who she hires her, in the hope that she can help save the factory. However, with a continuous plague and surprise flooding, resulting in irreparable damage, will Maria be able to ensure the future of her business and in turn the livelihoods of the many locals who work there?

Juan Pablo González’s narrative feature debut cements him as a director to watch. His hypnotic film, where every shot and frame has meaning and each shot could be a painting in an art gallery, is glorious to see on the big screen. Teresa Sánchez as Maria gives one of the performances of the year, winning Sundance 2022, the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award. An unforgettable film that is equally a celebration of community and the perseverance of individuals against corporate takeover.

Film Type Documentary
Program Strand Documentary Competition
Language Spanish
Director Juan Pablo González
Producer Jamie Gonçalves, Ilana Coleman, Bruna Haddad, Makena Buchanan
Cinematographer Gerardo Guerra
Editor Lívia Serpa, Juan Pablo González
Music Carmina Escobar
Cast Teresa Sánchez, Tatín Vera Vera, Rafaela Fuentes, Manuel García-Rulfo