Nudo Mixteco
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Director: Ángeles Cruz
Mexico | 2021 | Mixtec & Spanish with English subtitles | 91 min

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In a compelling and carefully crafted narrative, three women’s stories intertwine during the celebration of San Mateo, the patron saint, in a Mixtec village in Oaxaca. María returns home to bury her mother and face her father’s rejection. An unpleasant reunion awaits Chabela when her husband, Esteban, returns from the US, after not having heard from him in three years; Toña relives her own childhood pain when she suspects her daughter is facing the same fate as her. Self-reliant and defiant, all three women face a confrontation that leads to a powerful turning point in their lives.

”a woman-centred drama directed by the splendid actress-turned-filmmaker Ángeles Cruz. Three women who live in Mixtec lands intertwine their complicated lives in a script -written by the director herself- that works as a clockwork mechanism, dislocating times and spaces, but uniting the three women in the same search: freedom”, Ernesto Díezmartinez.

Nudo Mixteco narra tres historias cruzadas en la fiesta patronal de San Mateo, pueblo de la mixteca oaxaqueña. Esteban, un migrante, regresa después de tres años para descubrir que Chabela, su esposa, se juntó con otro hombre. Enfurecido, convoca al pueblo para enjuiciarla en asamblea. María vuelve a enterrar a su madre, su padre la rechaza y, en la incertidumbre y el dolor, le propone a Piedad, su amor lésbico de la infancia, que se vaya con ella. Toña revive su propio dolor ante el abuso sexual del que es víctima su hija y regresa para enfrentarse a su familia para protegerla.

ÁNGELES CRUZ is a Mixtec filmmaker and actress from Villa Guadalupe Victoria in Oaxaca, Mexico. She has written and directed the short films La Tiricia o Cómo Curar La Tristeza (2012), Arcángel (2018), and La Carta (2016). For the first two, she received the Ariel for Best Short Film (in 2013 and 2019 respectively) and has won awards nationally and internationally. Nudo Mixteco is her debut feature film.