Acorazado, a film by Alvaro Curiel
Acorazado

A film by Álvaro Curiel

2010, Mexico, Comedy/Drama, 97 min.

DALLAS PREMIERE

Thursday, Jan. 17 – 8 pm

Historic Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff

‪231 W Jefferson Blvd‬ ‪Dallas, TX 75208‬. Tel: ‪(214)948-1546‬. [Map]

 

“This political satire stings, yet it’s not mean-spirited.” – FilmForward.com

“His (Silverio Palacios) ability to combine physical comedy with the heart of his character is reminiscent of Peter Sellers or Dudley Moore in their prime.” – Simon Foster, SBS Film

 

 

In the port city of Veracruz, Mexico, Silverio (Silverio Palacios) spends his time writing politically charged speeches and delivering them in city buses. He hangs out with his fellow harbor workers, who continue their Union struggle against the privatization of the port that left them all unemployed; and with his friend La Manuela (Terry Holiday), a transsexual who deals pirated CDs. Sometimes, he also goes home to his wife and daughter, who treat him with disdain. Just about everyone pushes Silverio to leave Veracruz and seek a better life in the United States, in part to get rid of him, but also to vicariously fulfill their own ambitions. When Silverio finally decides to leave, his friend El Alacrán (Salvador Sánchez) helps him make a plan to travel to the Florida Keys by raft, and pose as a Cuban migrant so he can enter and stay in the U.S. But Silverio's makeshift raft gets caught in a storm, and when he finally reaches land the whole purpose of his adventure will shift radically. This self-styled "brief man" will find himself improvising a new life as the famous migrant who went south instead of north.

ACORAZADO, which translates to English as “Battleship,” pays homage to low budget Mexican comedies of the 60s and 70s, yet offers a contemporary twist on the politics and consequences of migration. By any means, this is not another film about Mexican migrants coming to the United States, but a sardonic view on the political theater that influences the lives of millions of people and the real reasons why some people end up deciding to seek a better life in another country. By situating the film in the port of Veracruz, writer-director Álvaro Curiel is able to land his characters in a realistic environment (that of the unemployed members of the harbor union who for decades were kings of the port, until the Mexican government privatized it in the early 90s), and portraits the idiosyncrasies of the region to great comical effect. Right when it seems like ACORAZADO is going to be a straight forward story of a Mexican migrant heading north, a twist in the story opens vast possibilities for political and social commentary, and ACORAZADO exposes the virtues and flaws not only of its characters, but of the ideologies that define entire countries and regions, all in the company of a great soundtrack that keeps the pace flowing along with the laughs.

 

 

En Español:En el puerto de Veracruz, México, Silverio (Silverio Palacios) pasa el tiempo escribiendo discursos cargados de protesta política y declamándolos en autobuses urbanos. También se reúne con sus compañeros del sindicato de trabajadores del puerto, quienes continúan su lucha en contra de la privatización que dejó a todos desempleados; y con su amiga Manuela (Terry Holiday), un transexual que vende discos piratas. En veces también va a su casa con su mujer y su hija, quienes lo tratan con desdén. Prácticamente todos orillan a Silverio a dejar Veracruz para buscar una mejor vida en los Estados Unidos, en parte para deshacerse de él, y en parte para vivir indirectamente sus propias ambiciones. Cuando finalmente Silverio decide irse, su amigo "El Alacrán" (Salvador Sánchez) le ayuda a trazar un plan para llegar hasta los cayos de Florida en una balsa, y hacerse pasar por un migrante cubano para poder entrar y quedarse en los Estados Unidos. Pero la balsa hechiza de Silverio pierde el rumbo en una tormenta. Cuando Silverio al fin llega a tierra firme, el propósito de su aventura cambiará radicalmente, y éste autodenominado "breve hombre" se verá obligado a improvisar una nueva vida como el famoso migrante que se fue al sur en vez de al norte.

ACORAZADO es un homenaje a las comedias mexicanas de bajo presupuesto de los años 60 y 70, mas ofrece también un giro contemporáneo a las políticas y consecuencias de la migración. De ninguna forma es ésta una película más acerca de migrantes mexicanos que vienen a los Estados Unidos. Mas bien es una mirada sardónica al teatro político que influencía a millones de personas, y a las razones reales por las cuales algunas personas deciden buscar una mejor vida en otro país. Al situar la historia en el puerto de Veracruz, el escritor y director Álvaro Curiel es capaz de aterrizar a sus personajes en un ambiente realista (el de los miembros desempleados del sindicato de trabajadores del puerto de Veracruz, quienes fueron reyes del puerto durante décadas, hasta que el gobierno mexicano lo privatizó a principios de la década de los noventa), y retrata las idiosincracias de la región con gran efecto cómico. Justo cuando parece que ACORAZADO será la conocida historia de un migrante Mexicano que se va al norte, la película da un giro y abre vastas posibilidades al comentario político y social. ACORAZADO expone las virtudes y defectos no sólo de sus personajes, mas de las ideologías que definen a países y regiones enteras, todo en compañía de una banda sonora excepcional que mantiene el ritmo al compás de las risas.

 

About the director

alvaro-curiel

Álvaro Curiel de Icaza was born in Mexico City on September 10, 1973. Working in film and video production since 1993, he enrolled at Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC in 1995, where he specialized in directing, graduating with his thesis film SI UN INSTANTE, which participated in several national and international film festivals.

In the year 2000 he studied drama under Jorge Dubatti in Argentina, and went on to work in over 20 feature films as Production Manager, Location Manager, and Assistant Director to well known directors like Arturo Ripstein, Eric Zonca, Agustí Villaronga and Carlos Carrera among others. Also since the year 2000, he combines his industry work with teaching assignments at Universidad de la Plata in Argentina, Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos (CUEC), Universidad Iberoamericana, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), and CCC.

From 2008 to 2010 he developed, wrote and produced ACORAZADO, his first feature film, and is currently developing the films TRACE, ANNA for Lemon Films, and AGENTE SÁNCHEZ for producer Daniel de la Vega.

Acorazado

2010, Mexico, Comedy/Drama

97 min, 35mm, Color

In Spanish with English Subtitles

Cast

Silverio Palacios - Silverio

Laura de la Uz - Lucía

Salvador Sánchez – El Alacrán

Santiago Alfonso – Pedro Juan

Norma Angélica - Vereda

Enrique Molina - Alberto

Azalia Ortiz - Conchita

Luis Alberto García - Eliseo

Terry Holiday – La Manuela

Juan Carlos Colombo – El Diputado

 

Crew

Director - Álvaro Curiel

Producers - Sandra Solares, Juan Uruchurtu

Associate Producers – Isabel Martínez, Arón Margolis

Coproducers – Billy Rovzar, Fernando Rovzar

Screenplay - Álvaro Curiel

Director of Photography - German Lammers

Editor - José Manuel Cravioto

Sound - Andrés Franco, Fernando Cámara

Casting Directors - Manuel Teil, Libia Batista

Musical Supervisor – Lynn Fainchtein

Production Designer - Carlos Y. Jacques

Original Score – Ricardo Martín

Costume Designer - Mariana Watson

Production Companies: Produced by Jaibol Films; Coproduced by Lemon Films and Fidecine

 

 

 

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