Midnight Family

Directed by Luke Lorentzen
USA, Mexico
81 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Individual tickets for this film go on sale 8 May
This award-winning doco takes a frenetic night ride through Mexico City with one of the many rough-as-guts private ambulances hustling for trade in the dysfunctional megalopolis.

The Mexican capital is home to over nine million people and is serviced by just 45 government ambulances. The gap is filled by private, untrained paramedics, who race to accident scenes and scrabble for business. It’s a cut-throat environment, ethically problematic, and subject to much bribery and corruption. The Ochoa family are struggling to keep their ambulance on the road and make a living. Lacking medical skills and equipment but basically good-hearted (and always ready with a hug), the family are forced to negotiate fees with the sick, stressed and insolvent. Director Luke Lorentzen expertly captures their chaotic world, watching scenes unfold with a tough yet affectionate eye. Winner of Best Feature and Best Director at Guadalajara International Film Festival.

Portraits of institutional dysfunction don't come much more urgent, and quietly bleak, than this.
Nick Schager, Variety
Profound and thrilling cinema verité filmmaking.
Nick Allen, rogerebert.com


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Unclassified 15+
USA, Mexico
In Spanish with English subtitles
Luke Lorentzen
Kellen Quinn
Luke Lorentzen
Luke Lorentzen
Program Strand
First Films Announced
Company Credits
Distributor: Madman Entertainment
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