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FIRST FEATURE AWARD

The Thin Yellow Line

La delgada línea amarilla

CELSO GARCÍA
Mexico, 2015
95 minutes, Color
Official website

The Hollywood Reporter dubbed this film an "uncommonly effective road movie." The task seems straightforward enough: Paint a yellow dividing line on a 200-kilometer stretch of highway between two towns in a remote desert (or perhaps desertified) area of northern Mexico, and do it in 15 days. The job is a godsend for the project's foreman, Antonio (called Toño), after years of self-imposed exile in menial, off-the-grid work. Played by the commanding Damián Alcázar, magnetic even in this down-and-out state, Toño plays the moral core to his crew of "formers" (circus manager, truck driver, and thief) and a young runaway. The ensemble cast of mostly veteran Mexican actors hits the believable note every time with humor that comes naturally and hard-won trust. Celso García's debut feature is beautifully shot in a lonely space—the periphery—but its eye is on the center, to which all the men aspire.—Judy Bloch

In Spanish with English subtitles

FIRST FEATURE AWARD

The Thin Yellow Line

La delgada línea amarilla

CELSO GARCÍA
Mexico, 2015
95 minutes, Color
Official website

The Hollywood Reporter dubbed this film an "uncommonly effective road movie." The task seems straightforward enough: Paint a yellow dividing line on a 200-kilometer stretch of highway between two towns in a remote desert (or perhaps desertified) area of northern Mexico, and do it in 15 days. The job is a godsend for the project's foreman, Antonio (called Toño), after years of self-imposed exile in menial, off-the-grid work. Played by the commanding Damián Alcázar, magnetic even in this down-and-out state, Toño plays the moral core to his crew of "formers" (circus manager, truck driver, and thief) and a young runaway. The ensemble cast of mostly veteran Mexican actors hits the believable note every time with humor that comes naturally and hard-won trust. Celso García's debut feature is beautifully shot in a lonely space--the periphery--but its eye is on the center, to which all the men aspire.--Judy Bloch

In Spanish with English subtitles


Saturday, April 16
9:00 PM
$13.00
Friday, April 22
6:30 PM
$13.00

Mexican Cultural Institute

Trailers may not have subtitles but all of our foreign language films do.
Having trouble viewing the trailer? See it here.