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THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF JUAN OROL (El Fantástico Mundo De Juan Orol)

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THE FANTASTIC WORLD OF JUAN OROL (El Fantástico Mundo De Juan Orol)

Director: Sebastián del Amo
Mexico   |   2012   |   90 minutes
Spanish, with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

Synopsis Move over Ed Wood! Mexico’s half-forgotten B-movie master, “involuntary surrealist” Juan Orol, receives a pitch-perfect tribute in this irresistible love letter to a self-made man of showbiz, whose career spanned nearly sixty films. In a glorious black-and-white flashback mingling movie-tainted memories of his Galician childhood, forced exile to Cuba and arrival in Mexico, intrepid “Juanito“ pursues failed careers as
baseball player, boxer, bullfighter and gangster before landing in the movies—where failure kind of works for him. As Orol, Roberto Sosa exudes droll underdog charm, anchoring a fast-moving comedy where every frame is an infectious homage to a golden age of cinema, the wile of memory and the art of fantasy.


About the Director Sebastián del Amo was born in Paris, France in 1971 and attended school in Mexico beginning at a young age. He studied filmmaking at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC) in Mexico City. He has worked as a director, writer and director of photography for numerous short films.The Fantastic World of Juan Orol is his first feature film.


Available Screening Formats DVD, Digibeta.


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Featured in the Global Lens 2013 film series.



CAST

Juan Orol - Roberto Sosa
Mary - Gabriela de la Garza
Don Guillermo - Roger Cudney
Rosa - Ximena González-Rubio
Dinorah - Fernanda Romero
General Cruz - Jesus Ochoa

CREW

Director - Sebastián del Amo
Writers - Sebastián del Amo, Raúl Fernández Espinosa
Producers - Alejandro Blázquez de Nicolás, Carmen Ortega Casanovas
Director of Photography - Carlos Hidalgo A.M.C.
Editors - Martín Luis Guzmán, Felipe Gómez
Sound - Alex de Icaza
Music - Francisco Albisua
REVIEWS

“A clever camp homage to Orol, this film playfully explores the filmmaker's cult legacy, including visuals that deftly evoke the vintage stock of bygone eras, and the budget aesthetic of its subject.” -AFI Silver

“A visually playful biopic on Mexico's Ed Wood.” -Variety

“Sebastián del Amo pays a deserving homage to “the king of schlock” with this imaginative biopic, with a mise-en-scene that imitates the evolution of “Orolian aesthetics” from the black and white of his mafia films to the saturated colors of his fantasies during the hippie era.“ -Film Affinity

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

Best First Feature Award, 27th Guadalajara International Film Festival
Honorary Mention for Best First Feature, 15th Guanajuato International Film Festival
Best Feature Award, 1st Toluca International Film Festival
Official Selection, 8th Monterrey International Film Festival
Honorary Mention for Invited Feature, 1st 1000 Meters Underground Festival
Best Feature Award, 5th Mazatlán Independent Film Festival CINESEPTIEMBRE
Official Selection, 3rd Puebla International Film Festival
Official Selection, 45th Catalonia Fantastic International Film Festival SITGES
Guest Film, 1st Colima de Cine Film Festival 2012
Official Selection, AFI Latin American Film Festival 2012
Honorary Mention for Invited Feature, 12th Tijuana Interzona Cultural Festival
Official Selection representing Mexico, 18th Ibero American Film Festival
Honorary Mention for Best Feature, 2nd UABC Film Festival
Honorary Mention for Best First Feature, 3rd San Luis Potosí Rodando Film Festival
Honorary Mention for Best Feature, 1st Hermosillo International Film Festival
Latin Panorama Section, 27th Mar del Plata Film Festival
Honorary Mention for Invited Feature, 2nd Álamos International Film Festival