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GODS (Dioses)

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GODS (Dioses)

Director: Josué Méndez
Peru   |   2008   |   91 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
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Synopsis In director Josué Méndez’s stylishly composed second feature, Elisa—the soon-to-be-wife of a wealthy industrialist—is eager to shed her working-class background in favor of the opulence of her fiance’s elite lifestyle. To her dismay, she soon realizes her hopes to slip into magazine-ready images of domestic splendor must also include her future stepchildren: Diego, who is hounded by his overbearing father and reluctantly preparing to enter the family business, and Andrea, Diego’s party-girl sister and the object of both his desire and disgust. As Elisa embraces her new life of lavish parties and beachfront estates, Diego and Andrea rebel against their upper-class upbringing, setting the stage for an ironic contrast of fate and ambition in this biting satire on upper-crust wealth and privilege.


About the Director Josué Méndez was born in 1976 in Lima, Peru. He graduated with a degree in Film Studies and Latin American Studies from Yale University in 1998. His first film, Días de Santiago, Peru’s Official Entry for the 2004 Academy Awards, won more than 35 international awards. In addition to his work as executive producer and editor for film, he has written and directed for Peruvian television, advertising and theater. Dioses is his second feature film.


Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request


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DVD Release Date: June 28th 2011


Featured in the Global Lens 2010 film series.



CAST

Diego - Sergio Gjurinovic
Andrea - Anahí de Cárdenas
Elisa - Maricielo Effio
Agustín - Edgar Saba

CREW

Director - Josué Méndez
Writer - Josué Méndez
Executive Producers - Enid Campos, Josué Méndez
Producers - Enid Campos, Hugo Castro Fau, Gudula Meinzolt, Paulo de Caravalho, Miléna Poylo, Gilles Sacuto
Director of Photography - Mario Bassino
Editor - Roberto Benavides
Sound - Rufino Basavilbaso
Music - Leonardo Barbuy
REVIEWS

“Backed by excellent performances and stylishly composed images...Mendez's coolly scathing satire of Peru's upper classes conveys the anguished hollowness beneath shallow spirituality and material extravagance.” -Museum of Modern Art

“A terrific, ambitious film.” -We Are Movie Geeks

“Boasting bright performances, colorful images from cinematographer Mario Bassino and a sharp line in social comment... Mendez avoids being heavy-handed in his satire, choosing to let the excesses of his characters speak for themselves.” -The Hollywood Reporter

"Featuring beautiful cinematography by Mario Bassino, 'Dioses' is an intelligent slice-of-life portrait of the shallow, materialistic relationships among the Peruvian upper class, a socially conscious depiction of the vapid emptiness of connection they have with each other, themselves, and the real world." -This Week In New York

“Beautifully photographed, the movie introduces American viewers to a new world, cinematically speaking, that nevertheless is strangely familiar, in a Bret Easton Ellis way: The ultra-rich of suburban Lima, who inhabit magazine-layout-like modern homes that overlook the ocean, where restless, pampered wives gather for book clubs, botany classes and New Agey religious meetings while their bored and jaded children do drugs, dance to techno and engage in casual sex [...] The best film to date in this summer's ‘Global Lens’ series. “-The Bloodshot Eye

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

Best Film, BIARRITZ INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Best Peruvian Feature; FX Design Audience Award, LIMA FILM FESTIVAL
Latin Horizons Section, SAN SEBASTIAN FILM FESTIVAL
Vanguard Program, TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
LOCARNO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
DAKINO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
TALLINN BLACK NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL
CUBA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
TROMSO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
LATINA FILM FESTIVAL
FESTIVALISSIMO MONTREAL
HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
URUGUAY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
CHICAGO LATIN FILM FESTIVAL
WARSAW LATIN FILM FESTIVAL
FILMFEST MUENCHEN
TAIPEI FILM FESTIVAL
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF NEW LATIN AMERICAN CINEMA
QUITO FILM FESTIVAL
SANTIAGO FILM FESTIVAL
CHUNGMURO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IN SEOUL
PACIFIC MERIDIAN FESTIVAL
RIO DE JANEIRO FILM FESTIVAL
OSNABRUCK FILM FESTIVAL
BRAUNSCHWEIG FILM FESTIVAL
PERUFEST
PORTLAND LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL
GASPARILLA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
FILM FESTIVAL
PANTALLA LATINA - LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL IN ST. GALLEN
National Award for Distribution, Promotion and Exhibition, CONACINE (PERU’S NATIONAL FILM INSTITUTE)
Golden Sun Award, BIARRITZ INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Best Sound, HAVANA FILM FESTIVAL

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