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La Cocina

Directed by Alonso Ruizpalacios
Mexico, USA
139 minutes
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Rooney Mara and Raúl Briones star in this intense comedic drama set during the hectic lunch rush at a New York restaurant, from Mexican maverick Alonso Ruizpalacios (A Cop Movie, SFF 2021).
The Manhattan restaurant The Grill has a capacity of hundreds and a massive international staff to match. Over a very frantic lunch period, cash goes missing from the till. The undocumented cooks are the immediate suspects – Mexican Pedro (Briones) prime amongst them. Charming, rebellious and ambitious, he’s in a relationship with American waitress Julia (Mara), who faces a personal crisis of her own. As matters culinary, political and personal clash, things come to boiling point. Brilliant performances, a fervent political message and directorial flair combine in an explosive, provocative film.
Think The Bear on cocaine with a Red Bull chaser and you get some idea of the sustained intensity and simmering pressure of this bruising tragicomedy about what the diners (mostly) don’t see during a working day in a busy Times Square restaurant
David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter
A chaotic symphony of nearly two dozen characters, this black-and-white indie confection (garnished with sparing touches of colour) mixes biting social critique with stylistic bravura
Peter Debruge, Variety
If ‘the kitchen as war zone’ has become a veritable sub-genre unto itself, Alonso Ruizpalacios’ La Cocina is the closest thing it has to its own Gallipoli
David Ehrlich, IndieWire
Program Strand
Mexico, USA
In Spanish and English with English subtitles
Alonso Ruizpalacios
Alonso Ruizpalacios, Gerardo Gatica, Ramiro Ruiz, Ivan Orlic, Lauren Mann
Raúl Briones, Rooney Mara, Anna Diaz
Alonso Ruizpalacios
Juan Pablo Ramírez
Yibrán Asuad
Australian Premiere
Food & Drink, Literary & Adaptations
Company Credits
Local Distributor: Vendetta Films
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