Quebranto

Mexico, 2013
Duration: 
1:35

Spanish with English subtitles.

Director: Roberto Fiesco Producers: Hugo Espinosa, Ernesto Martínez Arévalo Writers: Roberto Fiesco, Julián Hernández Cinematographer: Mario Guerrero Editor: Emilio Arenales Osorio Art Direction: Jesús Torres Torres Sound: Omar Juárez Espino, Armando Narváez del Valle, Alejandro Zuno
Cast: Coral Bonelli/Fernando “Pinolito” García, Lilia Ortega ”Doña Pinoles,” Jorge Fons

Coral Bonelli began life as “Pinolito,” a child actor in the rough-and-tumble film industry of 1970s Mexico. The son of a mariachi and an actress, he was a natural performer—a passion his adoring stage mother, Lilia, soon steered into a winning film career. After the movies gave way to the demanding cabaret circuit, “Pinolito” announced he would henceforth be a woman—surgery and hormone treatments to follow. With the aging Lilia standing by, Coral copes with social prejudice and an already unforgiving show business environment...[This] quietly expansive documentary...is a steadily evolving, revelatory portrait of gender identity, showbiz, and family set against the endemic homophobia—as well as diverse springs of acceptance—in Mexican society. (Robert Avila, Frameline)

Quebranto, in a way, is also a reflection on the recent history of Mexican cinema, through the lives of two now marginalized yet fascinating characters. Christian Sida

La película evoca la memoria y el testimonio de dos personajes: Fernando García, conocido como Pinolito, durante su desempeño como actor infantil en la década de los ’70, y doña Lilia Ortega, su madre, también actriz. Fernando se asumió como travesti hace algunos años y ahora se hace llamar Coral Bonelli, ambas viven en la colonia Garibaldi (barrio de la Ciudad de México) añorando su pasado fílmico, mientras Coral asume con valor su identidad genérica. Ambas continúan actuando.

''El director Roberto Fiesco plasma su soberbio estilo en este documental, editado magistralmente por su inseparable amigo y colega Julián Hernández. Con largos y vistosos planos secuencias y planos fijos, musicalizados con tangos y música ranchera, invita al espectador a adentrarse a las cuatro paredes en las que habita Coral Bonelli y, sin ningún pudor, lo hace formar parte de su vida pasada y presente.'' Luis Arredondo.

02-Sep-2014
9:15 pm|The Cinematheque (CIN)
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Roberto Fiesco (b. 1972, Mexico City) has produced numerous award-winning films including Rabioso sol, rabioso cielo, which won the Teddy Award at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival. Quebranto, his first feature film as director, won the Maguey Award at Guadalajara and the Ariel for Best Documentary at the Mexican Film Awards. 

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