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Gonzalez: The False Prophet

(González: El falso profeta)
Mexico, 2014

Spanish with English subtitles.

González lives in a dilapidated room in Mexico City, a lost soul in one of the world's biggest metropolises. Desperate to be someone in life—and to pay off his debts—he embarks on a journey into the increasingly magnetic world of big-box Christianity. Religion seems to offer a quick path to becoming rich and soon González is willing to do anything in his power in order to make it happen. A thriller that evokes the gritty style of Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver, Gonzalez: The False Prophet is a suspenseful ride through the darker side of charismatic preachers and upstart religions that flourish on the hard-earned money of desperate people in need of hope.

“Individual sequences crackle with a nervy kind of energy, especially those which feature Torres and Bardem together.” Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

González lleva meses aquejado por el desempleo y se aferra de la última rama que le ofrecen las circunstancias: un cargo como operador en el call­center de un templo cristiano, el cual funciona como una feroz máquina para succionar económicamente al prójimo. González, ateo por naturaleza, es bueno para hablar y aprende rápido el arte de la farsa. No pasará mucho tiempo para que sus necesidades se mezclen con cierta ambición autoimpuesta de fé: ese “acto de certeza” es gasolina suficiente para mantenerse a flote con el mundo. 

9:15 pm|The Cinematheque (CIN)
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Christian Díaz Pardo (b. 1976, Santiago de Chile) studied cinematography in Mexico City and photography at ARCOS in Chile. González, his first feature film, won the Gold Zenith at the Montreal World Film Festival, while Harold Torres and Carlos Bardem jointly won the Best Actor Award at the Morelia International Film Festival.


Director: Christian Díaz Pardo
Producers: Laura Pino, Carlos Taibo, Harold Torres
Writers: Fernando del Razo, Christian Díaz Pardo
Cinematographer: Juan Pablo Ramírez Ibáñez
Editor: León Felipe González
Cast: Harold Torres, Carlos Bardem, Olga Segura