Samuel Kishi Leopo | Mexico | 2019 | 95'
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Together with their mother Lucia, brothers Max and Leo have just crossed the border from Mexico into the United States in search of a better life. But it is not easy for them to gain a foothold in their new home country. While waiting for Lucia to return from work, the kids fight off their boredom by building an imaginary universe with their drawings and think about their Mom's promise of "Disneyland", the land of their dreams.
Martha Reyes Arias, Maximiliano Nájar Márquez, Leonardo Nájar Márquez, Cici Lau, Johnson T. Lau
Animal de Luz films
Samuel Kishi Leopo, Sofía Gómez Córdoba, Luis Briones
Yordi Capó, Carlos Espinoza Benítez, Samuel Kishi Leopo
Spanish, English, Cantonese
Grand Prix of the Jury in Generation Kplus for Best Film, Peace Film Prize (Berlinale 2020), Best Feature Film, Hellenic Parliament "Human Values" Award (Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People 2020), Best Film (Olhar de Cinema - Curitiba International Film Festival 2020), Best Film (Miami Film Festival 2020), Best Film (Lucas - International Festival of Films for Children and Young People 2020), Best Film (Guanajuato International Film Festival 2020), Mexican Competition, Best Film, Special Jury Prize, Best Actress (Guadalajara International Film Festival 2020), International Competition, Best Film (Fribourg International Film Festival 2020), International Narrative Competition (Calgary International Film Festival 2020), Best Film (Burgas International Film Festival 2020), Best Film (BUFF International Film Festival 2020)
Samuel Kishi Leopo graduated in audiovisual arts from the University of Guadalajara. Her short films have been selected in over a hundred festivals around the world, including Clermont Ferrand and the Semaine de la critique in Cannes, and in 2011 Mari Pepa won the Best Short Film Award from the Academia Mexicana de Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas and the Silver Eye at the Morelia International Film Festival. In 2014 his debut feature, Somos Mari Pepa is selected at the Berlinale in the Generation Kplus section.
2019 – Los Lobos, ff
2014 – Somos Mari Pepa, ff
2011 – Mari Pepa, sf
2010 – Acerca del drama de los calcetines, sf
2009 – Luces negras, sf