What you need to know:
The most recent film by Mexican Fernanda Valadez, ‘Sujo’, triumphed during the 2024 edition of Sundance.
Sundance is one of the most important film festivals, because since its birth it became a space to screen the most risky films in the industry internationally. Great films have paraded here with titles ranging from Pulp Fiction until And Your Mother Too and Whiplash. HERE we leave you a list of the best premieres.
This 2024 has not been the exception, and In this edition, an endless number of films have been presented and screened at large. That is why we are so excited that Mexican cinema returns to Sundance, and this time it did so with sujothe most recent feature film by Fernanda Valadez and Astrid Ronderowhom we remember for the impressive No particular signs of 2020.
The great news is that sujo took home the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in the Drama category. But what is this film about and why is it important to have it on your radar?
Sujo, the winning Mexican film at Sundance
sujo is a film written and directed by the duo made up of Fernanda Valadez and Astrid Rondero. Here we meet Sujo, a four-year-old boy who is left adrift after the murder of his fatherwho was part of a criminal organization as a hitman.
The film covers a bit of Sujo’s life while grows up in an extremely violent environment in Mexico of cartels, organized crime, corruption and poverty. Our protagonist realizes, little by little, that He cannot escape his reality, which is linked to the fatal fate of his father.
sujo this starring Juan Jesús Varela, who shares a cast with Yadira Pérez, Alexis Varela, Sandra Lorenzano, Jairo Hernández and Kevin Aguilar. As we told you, the direction was carried out by Valadez and Rondero, who also function as screenwriters and producers of the film.
According to the jury, the Grand Prize went to Sujo because he is a “impressive film that creates his own cinematographic vocabulary about a child who is born surrounded by violence, but under the protection of the embrace of women, some strangers and family.
The story is brought to life by extraordinary cinematography that captures the lyrical intensity of darkness, nature and aspirations. The directors brought us a story that we had not seen with a certain originality and a power that deeply affects and transcends those who see it.“.
The return of the minds behind No particular signs
Fernanda Valdez and Astrid Rondero, As we mentioned at the beginning, they were behind one of the most impressive and important Mexican films in recent years. We refer to No particular signs of 2020which took the same award as Sujo at Sundance plus the special jury award for Best Screenplay.
No particular signs It is also a portrait of the violence that has plagued the country for many years, something that we have seen in different movies and series. However, the difference between this film and the others is that Valadez and Rondero built a space that told the story from the perspective of a mother and a migrant who find themselves in the midst of tragedy.
The film stars Magdalena, mother of a 15-year-old boy who disappears during his trip to the Mexican border. This is how she undertakes the same journey as her son to find him; but on the way she meets Miguel, who was deported and He sets out to return to his mother’s house.