The Golden Dream (15 tbc)
Director: Diego Quemada-Diez
Starring: Brandon López, Rodolfo Domínguez, Karen Martínez
Mexico, 2013, 1 hour 48 minutes, Spanish with subtitles
Diego Quemada-Diez’s (Ken Loach's camera assistant) debut feature follows three Guatemalan teenagers on their perilous journey across Mexico to find work in the USA. Told strictly from the point of view of the desperate, courageous children every encounter becomes fraught with tension as we see the many different ways the strong - border police, human traffickers, kidnappers and drug lords – prey on the weak. Sticking to Loach's gritty realist style using improvisational techniques and largely non-professional actors, The Golden Dream is a tough, absorbing, suspenseful drama that explores the lengths people will go in search of a better life.
"...a very substantial movie, with great compassion and urgency." Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Winner Best Film Awards at Mar Del Plata and Sao Paulo International Film Festivals