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The Box

Directed by Lorenzo Vigas
Mexico, USA
92 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Award-winning director Lorenzo Vigas delivers a tense drama about a Mexican teen’s search for his long-lost father and a poignant look at the struggles of migrant workers.
Vigas, who won the Golden Lion at Venice for From Afar (2015), travels to Mexico for his powerful latest outing. Young nonprofessional actor Hatzin Navarette is quietly brilliant as Hatzin, dispatched by his grandmother to Chihuahua in northern Mexico to claim the remains of his estranged father, killed in a mining accident. But on the bus ride home – with his grim cargo, a tiny metal coffin, in his lap – he suddenly sees a stranger in the street with a familiar face. Hatzin is somehow convinced that this man, Mario (a simmering performance by Hernán Mendoza) is his real father. Mario denies it, but Hatzin obsessively forces his way into his life. Soon he is tagging along as Mario recruits workers for the maquiladoras – massive foreign-owned factories near the U.S. border. At first Hatzin finds the father figure he so badly wants. But soon he is confronted by the highly exploitative conditions at the factories, by Mario’s shadiness, and the violence of this world. With fabulous cinematography by Pablo Larraín-collaborator Sergio Armstrong, the vast desert and mountain landscapes of Chihuahua are a stirring backdrop to a thorny, suspenseful story about identity and belonging.

Special Guest

Lorenzo Vigas
Lorenzo Vigas became the first Latin American to win the Golden Lion at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival for his 2015 debut film Desde Allá (From Afar). His short film Elephants Never Forget premiered at the Cannes International Critic’s Week in 2004, the first part of a trilogy that includes From Afar and concludes with his latest film, The Box (La Caja).


Wed 15 Jun
State Theatre
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Thu 16 Jun
State Theatre
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Sat 18 Jun
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 1
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Program Strand
Official Competition
Original Title
La Caja
Unclassified 15+
Mexico, USA
In Spanish with English subtitles
Lorenzo Vigas
Lorenzo Vigas, Michel Franco, Jorge Hernández Aldana
Hernán Mendoza, Hatzín Navarrete
Lorenzo Vigas, Paula Markovitch, Laura Santullo
Sergio Armstrong
Isabela Monteiro de Castro, Pablo Barbieri
Australian Premiere
Central & South America, Human Rights, Crime
Company Credits
Sales Agent: The Match Factory
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