Midnight Family

Directed by Luke Lorentzen
2019
USA, Mexico
81 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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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.

Flexipasses are not valid for Back by Popular Demand sessions Monday 17 June to Wednesday 19 June.
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

Tickets

Fri 7 June
6:45pm
Dendy Newtown
Past Event Cancel
Sat 15 June
12:45pm
Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 1
Past Event Cancel
Mon 17 June
6:15pm
Dendy Newtown
Past Event Cancel
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Program Strand
International Documentaries, Festival Hits, Latin America, Back By Popular Demand
Year
2019
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
USA, Mexico
Language
In Spanish with English subtitles
Director
Luke Lorentzen
Producer
Kellen Quinn
Cinematographer
Luke Lorentzen
Editor
Luke Lorentzen
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Documentary, Latin America, Festival Award Winners
Company Credits
Distributor: Madman Entertainment
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