Cómprame un revólver/ Mexico, 2018

Director: Julio Hernández Cordón
Spanish with English subtitles | 90 min
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Thursday, August 29 | 6:45 PM | The Rio Theatre

Followed by a sound art performance by composer-actor Rogelio Sosa.

Rogelio Sosa, who is one of the main characters of the film, will be in Vancouver to present the film, but there is way more, let us introduce him to you….. Rogelio is an experimental musician and sound artist. He is also an active promoter of new music and sound art in Mexico. His work include live performances, sound installations and electroacoustic compositions. By using a wide range of sound sources, electronic media and kinetic devices, his work explores sound morphology, improvisation, the intensification of the acoustic space and performativity.

A retelling of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn that plays both with gender and the notion of adventure tales, Buy Me a Gun is set in the near-future of Mexico where all the women are disappearing and children are being abducted with frightening impunity. A young girl named Huck wears a mask to hide her gender as she helps her dad, a tormented addict, take care of an abandoned baseball camp in service to a gang of narcos who use it for recreational antics. With the help of her friends, a group of lost boys who have the power of camouflaging themselves in the windy desert, Huck has to fight to overcome her reality and to defeat the local capo. All given a hallucinatory texture by director Julio Hernández Cordón’s famously stunning visual inventiveness, Buy Me a Gun creates a dark world where fear rules and violence is routine.

México, en un futuro cercano… Las mujeres están desapareciendo, los niños están siendo secuestrados y una chica llamada Huck debe llevar una máscara para ocultar su género. Su padre es un adicto atormentado que trata de protegerla como puede, y juntos cuidan de un campo de béisbol abandonado en el que los narcos se reúnen a jugar. Con la ayuda de sus amigos, un grupo de niños perdidos que tienen el poder de camuflarse en el ventoso desierto, Huck debe luchar para superar el miedo y la violencia a su alrededor y derrotar al capo local.

Mixing grassy camo gear, dime-store masks and driftwood planks, it’s a convincingly destitute dystopia of repurposed scraps from the world we know and eerie motifs from one we wish never to encounter. – Guy Lodge, Variety

Director’s Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival, 2018

Filmography: Atrás hay relámpagos (2017), Te prometo anarquía (2015; VLAFF Opening Night, 2016), Polvo (2012), Hasta el sol tiene manchas (2012), Las marimbas del infierno (2010), Gasolina (2008)