Film - International Independents Filmfest 2022


Directed by Lorenzo Vigas


Director: Lorenzo Vigas
Section: International Independents
Country: Mexico, USA
Year: 2021
Language: Spanish
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Hatzin Navarrete, Hernán Mendoza, Elián González, Dulce Alexa Alfaro, Graciela Beltrán


Without pointing fingers, this complex, intimate drama sheds light on how industry exploits Mexico’s rural population.

Hatzin is given a metal box containing the remains of his father, who had worked in a mine in northern Mexico. On his way back to his grandmother’s house, where he lives, he sees a man who resembles his father. The man introduces himself as Mario, someone who arranges factory jobs for poor people from the countryside. Hatzin joins Mario, seeing him as a father figure — until he notices more and more that Mario is not at all as concerned with the workers’ well-being as it seemed at first glance.

Meet the director


Lorenzo Vigas

Lorenzo Vigas Castes is a Venezuelan film director, screenwriter, and film producer. He studied molecular biology in Tampa, Florida, before moving to New York in 1995 to take film courses at New York University. Back in Venezuela, he shot various documentaries and promotional films. His short film ELEPHANTS NEVER FORGET (2004) premiered at the International Critics’ Week in Cannes. His first feature-length film, FROM AFAR (2015), received a Golden Lion at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival, making him the first Latin American director to receive that award. THE BOX (2022), which also premiered in competition at Venice, completes a trilogy on the theme of the father figure which the other two films began. Vigas Castes also made a documentary about the real life of his father, a painter Oswaldo Vigas, titled THE ORCHID SELLER (2016).


Screenplay: Lorenzo Vigas, Paula Markovitch
Director of Photography: Sergio Armstrong (ADFCH)
Film Editor: Isabela Monteiro de Castro, Pablo Barbieri (SAE)
Production Designer: Daniela Schneider
Sound: Waldir Xavier
Producer: Lorenzo Vigas, Michel Franco
Production Company: The Match Factory
Co-Producer: Jorge Hernández Aldanda
World Sales: The Match Factory
Distributor: MUBI