Director: Álvaro Curiel de Icaza Producers: Sandra Solares, Juan Uruchurtu Screenplay: Álvaro Curiel de Icaza Cinematographer: Germán Lammers Editor: José Manuel Cravioto Music: Ricardo Martín Principal Cast: Silverio Palacios, Laura de la Uz, Salvador Sánchez, Santiago Alfonso, Norma Angélica, enrique Molina
Lately nothing has been going well for Silverio in Veracruz; his attempt to form a cooperative organization has utterly failed, and with this and other frustrations on his back, he decides to do what no Mexican he knows has ever done before: enter the United States as a Cuban refugee. His buddies help him turn his old VW Beetle into an improvised raft—which he names “el Acorazado Jarocho” (The Veracruzan Battleship)—and he sets sail for Miami. Once again, though, things don’t go quite his way.
There is ample room for both scathing political satire and engaging character development in Acorazado and Curiel’s self- penned script delivers both in satisfying measure. Simon Foster, SBS Film
Silverio Palacios es pescador viviendo en la costa de Veracruz, pero últimamente sólo ha pescado mala suerte: su intento de organización cooperativa ha fracasado y ahora, cargando con frustraciones, desea llegar a los estados Unidos pretendiendo ser un refugiado cubano. Sus amigos lo ayudan convirtiendo su viejo auto en una improvisada balsa. Así, parte hacia Miami, una vez más, sin saber realmente su camino.
Alvaro Curiel de Icaza was born in Mexico City in 1973. In the course of his career, he has collaborated with directors Arturo Ripstein, Carlos Cuarón, and Carlos Carrera among others. Acorazado, his first feature film, was nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the Ariel Awards and won the Audience Award at the Morelia International Film Festival.