The Box

by Lorenzo Vigas

The Box

Synopsis

Hatzin, a young teenager from Mexico City, travels to collect the remains of his father, which have been found in a communal grave amidst the huge skies and empty landscape of Northern Mexico. But a casual encounter with a man who shares a physical resemblance with his father fills him with doubts and hope about his parent’s true whereabouts.

Director

Lorenzo Vigas becomes in year 2015, the first Latin American to ever win the prestigious Golden Lion at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival for his debut film Desde allá (From afar). Vigas had obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology in 1994, and while he was studying for his Master’s degree in Molecular Biology, he decided to move to New York to attend filmmaking workshops at New York University. Later on, he worked in Caracas directing the documentary series Expedición (Expedition), produced by RCTV, and institutional documentaries for the production company Cinesa. In 2004, his short film Los elefantes nunca olvidan (Elephants never forget) premiered at the Cannes International Critic´s Week. This short film was Part 1 of a fiction trilogy that builds on the theme of the father figure. Part II was Desde allá. In 2016, he presents in Official Section at the 73rd Venice Film Festival, the feature documentary about his father, the renowned Latin American painter Oswaldo Vigas, titled The Orchid Seller. He is currently preparing the last part of his trilogy, La Caja (The box), to be filmed in Mexico on 2020.

DIRECTOR'S FILMOGRAPHY:

2021: The Box (La Caja)
2016: The Orchid Seller
(El Vendedor de Orquídeas)
2015: From Afar
(Desde Allá)

Cast

Hatzin Navarrete as Hatzin Leyva
Hernán Mendoza
as Mario Enderle
Elián González
as Richi
Cristina Zulueta
as Mario's wife
Dulce Alexa Alfaro
as Laura Morales
Graciela Beltrán
as Laura Morales's mother

 

Crew

Director: Lorenzo Vigas
Producers:
Lorenzo Vigas, Michel Franco, Jorge Hernández Aldanda
Cinematographer:
Sergio Armstrong G. (ADFCH)
Writers:
Lorenzo Vigas, Paula Markovitch
Editors:
Isabela Monteiro de Castro, Pablo Barbieri (SAE)
Production Designer:
Daniela Schneider
Sound Designer:
Waldir Xavier
Sound Mixers:
Jaime Baksht, Michelle Couttolenc

 

 

Technical Data

Original title: La Caja
International title:
The Box
Duration:
92 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.39:1
Format:
4K
Sound:
5.1
Year:
2021
Original language:
Spanish
Countries of production:
Mexico, USA
Production Companies:
Teorema, SK Global Entertainment
Co-production Companies:
Labodigital
With the support of:
Whisky

 

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