THE EMPTY BOX is an evocative, honest, and sensitive portrait of a daughter and father, wounded and adrift, who struggle to accept each other. -Toronto Film Files


Director: Claudia Sainte-Luce

Tuesday, February 25, 7pm
The Cinematheque
(1131 Howe Street, btw Helmcken & Davie Street)

In celebration of Black History Month, VLAFF & the Consulate General of Mexico in Vancouver, are pleased to co-present the screening of the Mexican film THE EMPTY BOX, directed by Claudia Sainte-Luce who also plays the lead role, and like the character in the film, is the daughter of a Haitian immigrant living in Mexico City.

THE EMPTY BOX premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017, where Claudia Sainte-Luce’s first film, THE AMAZING CATFISH (Los insólitos peces gato), also premiered in 2013.

”Claudia Sainte-Luce delivers a performance brimming with energy and tension.”
-Toronto International Film Festival

With only two films, Claudia Sainte-Luce has established herself as one of Mexico’s most awarded film directors in recent times.

Due to his deteriorating dementia, Toussaint, a 60-year-old Haitian native, goes to live with Jazmín, his 30-year-old daughter in Mexico City. Toussaint is a man who wasn’t able to take root in any of the places he lived. He was a distant father and is now a complete stranger to Jazmín. Through this compelled cohabitation, Toussaint will put together the puzzle of his past with his remaining memories and Jazmín will struggle to forgive and move on with her own life.

Co-presented with the Consulate General of Mexico in Vancouver.