Reel Representation: Diversity in Film
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Thirtysomethings Juan Núñez (Gael García Bernal) and Benjamín Wilson can’t seem to finish veterinary school or leave their parents’ homes in a Mexico City suburb. On a fateful Christmas Eve they decide the time has come to distinguish themselves by executing the most infamous cultural artifacts heist in Mexican history, looting the iconic National Anthropology Museum. Inspired by true events and shot in never-before filmed locations, MUSEO is a sardonic cautionary tale that underscores the old adage: you don’t know what you have until you lose it. Winner of the Best Screenplay Award at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival, this is, besides Roma, hands down the most highly acclaimed Latin American film of the year.
Mexico, 2018, 128 minutes, Not Rated, In English & Spanish with English Subtitles, Directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios
“A touch of magic…a sense of wonder and curiosity that imparts palpable excitement…the feeling that you might be in the presence of someone who could become the next great Mexican filmmaker.”– A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES