14th FICM Official Selection: Lupe bajo el solBy: Marco Antonio Mejía (@miqkelmejia )
Rodrigo Reyes is originally from Mexico City and his work has been exhibited in more than 50 film festivals around the world. He has participated in programs with the Tribeca Film Institute, the Sundance Film Institute, the Humanities Council of California and the support of FOPROCINE and EFICINE from the Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE).
Lupe bajo el sol is his debut and is part of the Mexican Feature Film Official Selection of the 14th FICM. The film tells the story of Lupe, an immigrant from the Central Valley of California who, through its history, portrays the loneliness and homesickness immersed in the migratory phenomenon.
A press conference was held this morning in which the director said that he developed the film motivated by a family history:
“The film began as a documentary on peach picking. I live there, but then I found out that my family had a story with my grandfather, who had managed to go to the US from Michoacán. There was a time when the family thought he was lost for five years.”
“The intention was to show his life as routine in which he may have lost many years. We all have a ghost in our family history, a person we haven’t thought about in a while and can’t imagine what they are up to elsewhere,” he said.
About the character
Rodrigo Reyes emphasized that the character of Lupe is outlined by the grounds of sadness implicated with being away from family and our own identity: “With Lupe see that there is a depression, a rootedness. It is an example of knowing what he is doing his life, he is empty and looking for meaning when trying to return home to die there,” he said.
Meanwhile, Pablo Mondragon, responsible for the score, spoke briefly of the bases used to design the project and collaborate with the music:
“I once made music for one of his documentaries and when I heard this story, he already had a previous cut, I saw and loved it. It seemed a risky job in changing from documentary to fiction”.
“Part of the critical process was to look for points of views from close relatives, a subject that was never solved,” he concluded.
The feature film had its international premiere at the BFI (London Film Festival) the 6th of October this year. It is confirmed to screen at the upcoming Cairo International Film Festival.