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2020 | Color | 88:18

Year 2021 marks five centuries since Cortés conquered the Aztec Empire. 499 retraces the Spanish army’s route from Veracruz to Mexico City, following a fictional conquistador lost in modern times. Blending fact and fiction into a striking cinematic journey, 499 speaks to the ghosts of colonialism and their lingering presence in the issues facing contemporary Mexican reality.


Country: México, Estados Unidos
Direction: Reyes; Rodrigo
Script: Padilla; Lorena, Reyes; Rodrigo
Production: Cordera; Inti, Houchens; Andrew, Logan; Carter, Holmgren; Steve, Félix; David
Photography: Mejía; Alejandro, AMC
Sound: Mondragón; Pablo, Santiago; Adriana, Arteaga; Ricardo
Music: Mondragón; Pablo
Cast:San Juan Breña; Eduardo
Art direction: Ruíz; Adriana (Vestuarista)
Participation year at FICM: 2020

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