Well into their 30s, Juan Nuñez and Benjamín Wilson still can’t seem to finish veterinary school or leave their parents’ homes. Instead, they wallow in comfortable limbo in the district of Satelite, Mexico City’s version of an American suburb. On a fateful Christmas Eve, however, they decide it’s finally time to distinguish themselves by executing the most infamous cultural artifacts heist in all of Mexican history.
Excusing themselves from the traditional family dinners and seizing on the holiday’s lax security – not to mention the sheer improbability of their crime – they loot Mexico’s iconic National Anthropology Museum of its most precious pieces and embark upon a misadventure that will forever change their lives.
The magnitude of the theft exceeds the amateur thieves’ expectations, and by the very next morning they realize, too late, the full scope and implications of their actions. Stumbling through the next steps of their ill-conceived plan, they leave everything behind and set off on a journey that takes them from the Mayan ruins of Palenque to the decadent underworld of Acapulco Bay in a futile effort to fence treasures so valuable and recognizable that no one dares acquire them.
Original title: Museo English title: Museo Country: Mexico Production year: 2018 Length: 128'
Gael García Bernal, Leonardo Ortizgris, Alfredo Castro, Simon Russel Beale, Bernardo Velasco, Leticia Brédice, Ilse Salas, Lisa Owen
Director: Alonso Ruizpalacios Screenwriters: Manuel Alcalá, Alonso Ruizpalacios Producers: Gerardo Gatica, Alberto Müffelmann, Ramiro Ruiz, Manuel Alcalá Production Companies: Panorama Global, Ring Cine, Detalle Films, Distant Horizon, Serendipity Point Films World sales: Luxbox DOP: Damian Garcia Editors: Yibran Asuad Sound Design: Javier Umpierrez
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Berlin International Film Festival
Mexican, born in 1978 in Mexico City (Mexico)
Alonso is a Mexican film and stage director and writer. He studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London. His first feature Güeros won over 40 international prizes in festivals around the world, including Best First Feature at the Berlinale 2014, Horizontes Award and Audience Award at San Sebastian, and awards at the AFI Film Festival, Tribeca, Havana, Morelia, Lima, among others, as well as 5 Mexican Academy Ariels - including Best Picture. His previous shorts "Café Paraíso", "The Cú Bird´s Last Song" and last year’s "Verde" have appeared in the Official Selection at TIFF, Clermont-Ferrand, London Film Fest, Tribeca, and have won over 20 prizes around the world. He lives in Mexico City where he works with his theatre company Todas Las Fiestas de Mañana. He’s trying to be more patient with his sons Martín and Tomás.
2018, Aquí en la Tierra (TV series)
2016, Verde (short)
2010, El último canto del pájaro Cú (short)
2009, Expedición 1808 (TV Series documentary)
2008, Café Paraíso (short)
2006, Fonda Susilla (TV series)