Fauna

Director: Nicolás Pereda
Mexico/Canada | 2020 | Spanish with English subtitles | 70 min

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The latest feature from Mexican-Canadian auteur Nicolás Pereda is a sly, comedic take on how violence in Mexico has infiltrated popular imagination.

The bifurcated story — which begins, tellingly, through the windshield of a car — uses a simple premise and Pereda’s regular troupe of talented actors to spin an inventive tale about family dysfunction, which echoes some of the country’s pathologies. When estranged siblings Luisa (Luisa Pardo) and Gabino (Lázaro Gabino Rodríguez) visit their parents in an eerily deserted mining town in the north of Mexico, the presence of Luisa’s affable actor boyfriend, Paco (Francisco Barreiro), gives rise to awkward scenarios. Their father’s seeming ambivalence toward his children is suddenly transformed by his fixation on Paco’s role in a famous narco-themed television series. Hilarious, bittersweet incidents, replete with simmering tension — underscored by a nuanced and acerbic critique of masculinity and the glorification of violence in mainstream media — become nested in a parallel reality fuelled by Gabino’s active imagination and need for escape. This mordant inset reshuffles the players in a sun-soaked, noir-tinged story of organized crime (including a detective and a femme fatale, of course), an unlikely send-up of the perceived glamour of narco fiction. – Andréa Picard, TIFF

Breezy and pitch perfect, Fauna is a film about the power of the subconscious, told with uncanny humour and confidence. The film’s ingenious framing devices, elegant widescreen compositions, and dusty hues are perfectly attuned to its suspenseful yet playful stratagems. With his mischievous and nimble dissection of archetypal roles, Pereda proves there’s great pleasure in the telling, enlisting our imagination at each step of the way.” – Andréa Picard, TIFF

Luisa y Gabino visitan a sus padres en un pueblo minero en el norte de México. Paco, el novio de Luisa, provoca el único interés del padre en ellos al actuar el papel de un narco. Para hacer frente a las tensiones familiares, Gabino imagina una realidad paralela de detectives y crimen organizado. Una versión astuta y cómica de cómo la violencia se ha infiltrado en la imaginación popular de México.

NICOLÁS PEREDA (México D.F., 1982) is a filmmaker whose work explores the everyday through fractured and elliptical narratives using fictional and documentary elements. He holds a Master of Arts in Film Directing from York University in Toronto, Canada. His first feature film ¿Dónde están sus historias? (2007) won the French Critics’ Discovery Award at the Cinélatino – Rencontres de Toulouse. By the age of 27 he was given his first retrospective by Cine las Americas in Austin, Texas. Since then, his impressive body of work has been the focus of more than 30 retrospectives all over the world including at the Anthology Film Archives, Pacific Film Archive, Jeonju International Film Festival and TIFF Cinematheque. His nine features and numerous short films have been screened in some of the most prestigious international film festivals including Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Rotterdam, Locarno, and Toronto, as well as in galleries and museums such as the Reina Sofía in Madrid, the Museo Nacional de Arte Moderno in Paris, and the Guggenheim and MoMA in New York.


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