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La Civil Unclassified 18+

Language: Spanish with English subtitles

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Co-produced by a who’s who of world cinema – including the Dardenne brothers, Christian Mungiu and Michel Franco – this vigilante drama centres on a mother who will do anything to get her kidnapped daughter back.

When teenage Laura is abducted by a local cartel, her mother, Cielo, scrapes up the ransom money with the help of her estranged husband, Gustavo. The cartel takes the cash – but doesn’t release Laura. The authorities, desensitised and under-resourced, won’t help, so Cielo takes matters into her own hands. Enter: an ordinary middle-aged mum turned militant avenger.

While this sounds like a gender-flipped Taken, Belgian-Romanian director Teodora Mihai and her Mexican co-writer, Habacuc Antonio De Rosario, based their powerful fiction debut on real stories of women’s disappearances in cartel-controlled northern Mexico – in particular, the true story of Miriam Rodríguez, who hunted down her daughter’s captors. Driven by a steely central performance from Arcelia Ramírez as Cielo, the formidable La Civil heads to MIFF straight from Cannes, where it received the Courage Prize in the Un Certain Regard section.

“Gripping … An authentic portrait of this dangerous world.” – Salon

In Cinema

Fri 06 Aug 6:15 pm [24051]
La Civil (130 mins)
Pentridge Coburg 12
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Mon 09 Aug 1:00 pm [14190]
La Civil (130 mins)
ACMI 1
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
This session is bookable on a pass

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Key Cast
Arcelia Ramírez, Jorge A. Jimenez, Álvaro Guerrero
Director
Teodora Mihai
Producer
Hans Everaert
Screenwriters
Habacuc Antonio De Rosario, Teodora Mihai
Cinematographer
Marius Panduru
Editor
Alain Dessauvage
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere
Format
Digital
Company Credit
World Sales: Urban Distribution International

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