Las lágrimas | Pablo Delgado Sanchez, 2012
Mexico | Spanish with English subtitles | 66 minutes
North American Premiere! Filmmaker in person for Q&A!
A camping trip in the woods becomes a painful but ultimately healing rite of passage for two brothers who are struggling to cope with their disturbing family environment. With an absent father and a severely depressed, alcoholic mother who stays locked inside her room all day, spending the summer vacation at home seems like a punishment as it heightens the brothers’ sense of solitude and vulnerability. Though intended as a break from all of this, their escape into nature actually triggers memories and brings forth the fears and hardships that haunt their daily life. Delgado Sanchez's first feature has a taut, suspenseful narrative and sparse mise-en-scene that eloquently conveys the brothers' ordeal and the cathartic spirit of their voyage.