Wandering Lives

(Vidas errantes)
Mexico, 1985
Duration: 
1:30

Spanish with English subtitles.

RETROSPECTIVE: Juan Antonio de la Riva Find out more

Drawing on personal experiences, de la Riva follows an itinerant movie projectionist who travels along the mountain back-roads in a battered truck, showing classic movies to lumberjacks off the tailgate. Camping, sleeping on old film posters in cheap hotels, Francisco’s life is rootless. A younger vagabond becomes his helper, then a pretty young woman becomes their companion. Along with a backwoods carpenter, the two young people help Francisco attempt to realize an elusive dream—to settle in his hometown, build his own theatre and show his cherished movies. Michael Donnelly

Vidas errantes is in some ways an allegory of Mexican film history as well as a salute to cinematic milestones.” Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

Don Francisco es un hombre trabajador y entusiasta, obsesionado con la idea de construir un cine en su pueblo natal. Desde hace muchos años, se dedica al oficio de exhibir películas en los poblados de la sierra. Su destino trashumante lo lleva a vivir singulares aventuras enmarcadas siempre por la naturaleza y la atmósfera mística que le dan las viejas cintas mexicanas. Su sueño es construir un cine en su pueblo, con la ayuda de dos jóvenes quienes se han vueltos sus aliados.

 

08-Sep-2015
7:00 pm|The Cinematheque (CIN)
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Juan Antonio de la Riva (b. 1953, San Miguel de Cruces, Durango, Mexico) is the former president of the Mexican Academy of Motion Pictures. He is the director of two short films and 18 features. Wandering Lives, his first feature film, won the top prize for a Mexican feature at Mexico's Academy Awards.

Credits:

Director: Juan Antonio de la Riva
Writers: Juan Antonio de la Riva, Tomás Pérez Turrent
Producers: Juan Antonio de la Riva, Héctor López
Cinematographer: Leoncio Villarias
Editor: Luis Kelly Cast: José Carlos Ruiz, Ignacio Guadalupe, Josefina González, Gabriela Olivo de Alba, Eugenia D'Silva, Pedro Armendáriz Jr.