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The Letters

The Letters

Pablo Chavarría Gutiérrez, 75 min.


The Letters

Dark Mexican film about a political miscarriage of justice, staged as a sensory and psychological trip from a different world.

Behind the dark, sensuous and almost hallucinatory images, a grim story is smouldering about a school teacher and social activist, who after a questionable trial was convicted for killing four police officers in a Mexican province. The letters he wrote to his daughter from prison are a fierce indictment against a corrupt system in a film that almost without dialogue manages to be a sensory and psychological portrait of both a place and a state of mind. Pablo Chavarría Gutiérrez has made a striking and all-absorbing film in the visionary mode of the wave of younger filmmakers, who in recent years have experimented with transcending the traditional constraints of documentarism in favour of a sensorial and suggestive practice without losing sight of its political and social relevance for a second. Just like the letters to his daughter instil courage for continued resistance, 'The Letters' is a film that inspires one to a renewed faith in that documentary filmmaking is first and foremost an art form.

World Premiere
Director: Pablo Chavarría Gutiérrez
Original Title: Las Letras
Year: 2015
Running time: 75 min
Language: English subtitles
Tags: Dox:Award Dox:Award
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Script: Pablo Chavarría Gutiérrez
Camera: Diego Amando Moreno
Sound: Gerardo Villarreal
Music: Julio Torres
Casting: Alberto Patishtán Héctor Patishtán Gabriela Patishtán
Producer: Alexandro Aldrete, Juan Farré F.
Editor: Israel Cárdenas, Pablo Chavarría Gutiérrez
Production Company: Bengala
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