In the year 2000, in the region of the heights of Chiapas, an ambush against a patrol car took place, and a few policemen died. Professor Alberto Patishtán was found guilty and sentenced to 60 years in prison. The film unearths the entrails of that story.
It’s funny, but at times, the film by one of the most independent filmmakers in Mexico has quite a few formal similarities with one by its maximum international representative. Chavarría shoots much of The Letters with a type of lens and some camera moves that remind of what Iñárritu and Lubezki do in The Revenant: lengthy shots in perpetual motion in which the faces and the bodies face the immensity of the landscape, and the feeling that the objects and the space are palpable. Only here the subject matter and context are very different. In the portrait of a family and a community who deal with the absence of one of its members, Chavarría experiments on language; faces, bodies, sceneries. A world, a universe: visual letters for someone who can’t see them. DL
D: Pablo Chavarría Gutiérrez F: Diego Amando Moreno Garza E: Israel Cárdenas, Pablo Chavarría Gutiérrez DA: Mariana Cedillo S: Gerardo Villarreal M: Julio Torres P: Alexandro Aldrete, Juan Farré F. PE: Diego Osorno, Gabriel Nuncio CP: Bengala, CONARTE, IMCINE I: Alberto Patishtán, Héctor Patishtán, Gabriela Patishtán
Bengala. Alexandro Aldrete T +52 55 6721 0446 E firstname.lastname@example.org ~ email@example.com W www.agenciabengala.com
He was born in Mexico in 1986. He is a biologist graduated from the Nuevo León Autonomous University. His work includes films like Terrafeni (2012) and El resto del mundo (2014).