When a distant emergency summons the wealthy Bennett family back to the U.K., disrupting a vacation on the Mexican coast in Acapulco, simmering tensions rise to the fore between scions Alice (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and Neil (Tim Roth). The delicate balance of the deceptively close-knit clan, including siblings Colin and Alexa (Samuel Bottomley, Albertine Kotting McMillan), is irrevocably upset.
Continuing his exploration of individuals and societies under pressure, writer-director Michel Franco (New Order) ascends to the heights and depths of an Acapulco — and a family — that is more than meets the eye. Playing out in the sleek hotel suites and scruffy tourist haunts of a disparate and stratified seaside locale, and across the psychological battlefield of a precarious dynasty, SUNDOWN unfolds in sharp, surreptitious bursts.
Michel Franco was born in Mexico City in 1979 and has put Mexican cinema in the global spotlight. The films he has written, directed and produced include CHRONIC (Best Screenplay Award at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival), LAS HIJAS DE ABRIL (Jury Prize, in Certain Regard at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival), and DESPUÉS DE LUCÍA (Top Prize, in Certain Regard at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival).
He has also produced 600 MILLAS (directed by Gabriel Ripstein and winner of the Best First Feature Award at the 2015 Berlinale), FROM AFAR (directed by Lorenzo Vigas, winner of the Golden Lion at the 2015 Venice Film Festival), among others.
Michel returns to Venice with his 7th film SUNDOWN, after winning the Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize award with NUEVO ORDEN in the 2020’s festival edition.
2021: Sundown (Sundown)
2020: New Order (Nuevo Orden)
2017: April's daughter (Las hijas de abril)
2015: Chronic (Chronic)
2013: Through the Eyes (A los ojos)
2012: After Lucia (Después de Lucía)
2009: Daniel and Ana (Daniel y Ana)
Tim Roth as Neil Bennett
Charlotte Gainsbourg as Alice Bennett
Iazua Larios as Berenice
Henry Goodman as Richard
Albertine Kotting McMillan as Alexa
Samuel Bottomley as Colin
Jesús Godines as Jorge "Campos"
Director & Writer: Michel Franco
Producers: Michel Franco, Eréndira Núñez Larios, Cristina Velasco L.
Co-producers: Jonas Kellagher, Caroline Ljungberg, Hédi Zardi, Fiorella Moretti
Executive Producers: Tim Roth, Lorenzo Vigas
Associate Producers: Luis Romano, Rafael Micha, Grégoire Lassalle
Director of photography: Yves Cape (AFC SBC)
Production Design: Claudio Ramírez Castelli
Costume Design: Gabriela Fernández
Editors: Oscar Figueroa Jara, Michel Franco
Casting: Susan Shopmaker, Viridiana Olvera
Sound Recordist: Raúl Locatelli
Sound Design: Alejandro de Icaza, Niklas Sharp
Original title: Sundown
International title: Sundown
Duration: 83 min
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Original languages: English and Spanish
Countries of production: Mexico, France, Sweden
Production Companies: TEOREMA
Co-production Companies: LUXBOX, COMMONGROUND PICTURES, Film I Väst
With the support of: EFICINE - Producción