Natalia Almada film El Velador selected for Cannes Directors’ Fortnight

24/04/2011 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

El Velador by Natalia Almada has been selected for the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, the independent section of the Cannes Film Festival. The film was made with script and production support from the Jan Vrijman Fund, POV and Sundance Documentary Fund. El Velador recently premiered at New Directors/New Films in New York City.
Synopsis: El Velador is a portrait of a cemetery in the drug heartland of Mexico. Since the war on drugs began in 2007, the cemetery has doubled in size and the mausoleums have doubled in height creating a skyline that looks like a fantastical surrealist city more than a resting place for the deceased. Here, the lives of the cemetery workers and families of the victims, guilty and innocent, intersect in the shadow of one of the bloodiest conflicts that has claimed nearly 23,000 lives. 

Two other Latin American productions were selected for this year’s edition of Directors Fortnight: Karim Anouz’s O’abismo prateado, and Alejandro Landes’ Porfirio. The short film Mila Caos by director Simon Peatau will also be featured in the short film selection.

Source: NALIP

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