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Cephalopod (Cefalópodo)


ME XICO Director: Rubén Ímaz Producers: Pablo Cruz, Arturo Sampson Cinematographer: Gerardo Barroso Editor: Mariana Rodríguez Cast: Unax Ugalde, Alejandra Ambrosi 2010/color/90 min.


RUBÉN ÍMAZ


In his relatively young career, Rubén Ímaz has performed several behind-the- scenes roles as editor, cinematographer, writer and director. His first film, Familia tortuga (2006), won the Grand Prix for Best Film from the Toulouse Latin American Film Festival.


Filmography Familia tortuga (2006)


Directed by Rubén Ímaz, Cefalópodo tells an existential tale of love and loss. Starring acclaimed Basque actor Unax Ugalde as Sebastián, the drama unfolds as the young Basque-Mexican painter travels from Spain to Mexico City in an attempt to connect with his roots and mourn the sudden death of his beloved. At first, he meanders aimlessly through the capital, partying with locals, sketching the giant squid with which his lost girlfriend was obsessed and entering into a rebound relationship with a beautiful young woman (who also supplies him with cocaine). But even as he draws strength from their no-strings-attached union, his own obsession with the cephalopod grows, as it begins to represent what he must find in order to truly release his dearly departed girlfriend.


Moving onward to the edge of the Sonoran Desert, where the blazing white sand dunes meet the surf along the Sea of Cortez, Sebastián pushes himself to his own limits—crossing the arid peninsula to rid himself of his angst while carrying out his love’s wishes in his search for the elusive squid. This haunting meditation on grief and acceptance is a coproduction of Spanish company Irusoin and Mexico’s Canana, founded by Mexican superstars Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna.


—REBECCA CARO


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