Film - CineMasters Competition


Directed by Astrid Rondero, Fernanda Valadez


Director: Astrid Rondero, Fernanda Valadez
Section: CineMasters Competition
Country: France, Mexico, USA
Year: 2024
Language: Spanish
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Juan Jesús Varela, Yadira Pérez, Alexis Varela, Sandra Lorenzano, Jairo Hernández
18+ (no age rating)


A coming-of-age story told in a sensitive way and rewarded with the top international prize at Sundance.

Sujo is four when his father, a member of a drug cartel, is murdered. To protect the boy, his aunt raises him in hiding in the countryside. As a teenager, however, he falls in with the wrong crowd. Crime and violence dominate his life until he flees his hometown and a new world suddenly presents itself to him.

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  • After the film: Q&A with Fernanda Valadez

  • After the film: Q&A with Fernanda Valadez

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Meet the director


Astrid Rondero, Fernanda Valadez

Astrid Rondero and Fernanda Valadez from Mexico have worked together as screenwriters and directors for more than 15 years. This collaboration resulted in the short films OF THIS WORLD (2010) and 400 BAGS (2014) as well as the feature-length films THE DARKEST DAYS OF US (2017) and IDENTIFYING FEATURES (2020), which earned awards at various festivals. SUJO is their third feature-length film together.


Screenplay: Astrid Rondero, Fernanda Valadez
Director of Photography: Ximena Amann
Film Editor: Astrid Rondero, Susan Korda, Fernanda Valadez
Composer: Astrid Rondero
Production Designer: Belén Estrada
Producer: Fernanda Valadez, Astrid Rondero
Production Company: Enaguas Cine
Co-Producer: Jewerl Ross
World Sales: Alpha Violet