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The Documentary Film Purgatorio At the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival

Rodrigo Reyes’ Riveting Film Is a Provocative Meditation that Captures the Brutal Beauty of the U.S./Mexico Border NYC

Purgatorio © Cinema Tropical

The U.S.-Mexico co-production film PURGATORIO by director Rodrigo Reyes will have its U.S. Premiere as an official selection in the Documentary Competition of the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival, which will take place June 13-23. Reyes’ provocative essay film reimagines the U.S./Mexico border as a mythical place comparable to Dante’s purgatory, and leaving politics aside, he takes a fresh look at the brutal beauty of the border and the people caught in its spell.

By capturing a stunning mosaic of compelling characters and broken landscapes that live on the both sides of the border, the filmmaker reflects on the flaws of human nature and the powerful absurdities of the modern world. An unusual border film in the auteur tradition of caméra-stylo, Purgatorio ultimately becomes a fable of humanity, an epic and visceral experience with powerful and lingering images.

Purgatorio had its world premiere at the Guadalajara Film Festival last March, and has participated at the It’s All True Film Festival in Brazil, and the Encuentros del Otro Cine in Ecuador. In addition to the Los Angeles Film Festival, it has been selected for the Distrital Film Festival in Mexico City this June.

A co-production between RR Cinema (USA) and La Maroma Producciones (Mexico), Reyes’ film was a finalist of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers’ Documentary Filmmaker Awards and a selection of the prestigious IFP’s 2012 Independent Filmmaker Labs.

PURGATORIO (USA/Mexico, 2013, 80 minutes. In Spanish and English with English subtitles). Director: Rodrigo Reyes; Executive Producer: Hugo Pérez; Producers: Rodrigo Reyes and Inti Cordera; Original Music: Rodrigo Cordera; Director of Photography: Justin Chin; Editor: Manuel Tsingaris. A RR Cinema ( and La Maroma Producciones production, in co-production with FOPROCINE / IMCINE and the support of the 2012 IFP Documentary Lab.

About the Director: Born in Mexico City in 1983, Rodrigo Reyes attended college in UC San Diego, as well as Madrid and Mexico City, earning a degree in International Studies. Instead of following this career path, Reyes channeled his multi-cultural background into becoming a filmmaker. In 2009 he directed the documentary short The 12th of December, which followed pilgrims to the shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe. In 2010 he directed the film 99 Years After the Mexican Revolution and in 2011 he directed the experimental film Memories of the Future. His films have screened throughout Mexico in several documentary film festivals, including DOCSDF, and FICUNAM. In 2010 he was selected to participate in the Berlinale Guadalajara Talent Campus.