Colombia/Canada/Mexico, 2016 | 120 min
English, Spanish, Tagalog and Mazahua with English subtitles
Director: Juan Andrés Arango 

Rated PG – Youth under 18 may attend

Friday, Aug 25
6:45PM | The Cinematheque
Saturday, Aug 26
7:30PM | Goldcorp Centre for the Arts | SFU Woodward’s

Director Juan Andrés Arango in attendance.

Maria arrives in Montreal from Manila to live with her grandmother and struggles to adapt to her new environment; Alex is deported from the US to Colombia, returning to find his old neighbourhood now controlled by criminals; David leaves his Indigenous community in Michoacán after his father’s death to find work on a construction site in Mexico City. X500 follows these three teenagers living in different cities of the Americas yet undergoing the same experience of grief, migration and transformation. The film gives voice to a narrative that has become ever more present in our globalized society.

“With stunning cinematography and compassionate storytelling, director Juan Andrés Arango strikingly captures the rich environments and physicality of his protagonists, ensuring that this wide-reaching story remains rooted in the uniqueness of the places and people at its centre.” Magali Simard TIFF

X500 narra la historia de tres personajes que viven en países diferentes, pero que están unidos por su relación singular con la muerte, la migración y su necesidad de transformación. María llega a Montreal desde Manila para vivir con su abuela tras la muerte de su madre y lucha por adaptarse. Alex, un joven afro-colombiano, es deportado de los Estados Unidos a Colombia para encontrar que su antiguo barrio está controlado por criminales. David, deja su pueblo tras la muerte de su padre para buscar un mejor futuro en la Ciudad de México. Tres historias, tres países, una sola verdad.

Producers: Yanick Letourneau, Jorge Botero, Edher Campos, Luis Salinas
Writer: Juan Andrés Arango
Cinematographer: Nicolas Canniccioni
Editor: Felipe Guerrero
Cast: Jembie Almazan, Jonathan Diaz Angulo, Bernardo Garnica Cruz

Juan Andrés Arango (Bogotá, Colombia, 1976) is a Colombian-born Canadian director, screenwriter and cinematographer. He studied cinema at the National Colombian University and at Concordia University in Montreal. He directed documentaries and shorts before helming La Playa D.C., his first feature film, which had its world premiere in Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2012.



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