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ALAMAR

Mexico, 2009 (MIFF 2010, First Encounters)

Director: Pedro González-rubio

“Documentary? Fiction?… simply, and finally, a film - albeit one of uncommon and delicately achieved beauty.” - Cinema Scope

Hoping to impart something of his Mayan heritage, divorced father Jorge takes his young son Natan on a holiday to a picturesque native fishing village on the Mexican coast - a community of stilt huts perched over the waters of the Chinchorro coral reef.

As they spend long summer days enjoying the simple daily rhythms of a fisherman's life and sharing the wonders of the natural world, the bond between father and son strengthens almost imperceptibly, a lasting connection formed where the jungle meets the sea.

Taking the unusual step of having the main actors play themselves, filmmaker Pedro González-Rubio has captured the subtlety of their real-life father-son relationship through a gently fictionalised scenario, creating a compelling blend of fact and fiction, underscored by a subtle environmental plea.

Winner of the Tiger Award at this year's Rotterdam Film Festival.

D/S Pedro González-rubio P Jaime Romandia, Pedro González-rubio WS MK2 L Spanish w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2009

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