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Sujo

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2024 at 6:45 pm

Location: Redstone Theater

With directors Fernanda Valadez (Sujo) and Charlie Shackleton (Lateral) in person

Dirs. Astrid Rondero and Fernanda Valadez. 2024, 125 mins. Mexico, United States, France. In Spanish with English subtitles. DCP. With Juan Jesús Varela, Yadira Perez Esteban, Sandra Lorenzano, Alexis Jassiel Varela, Jairo Hernández Ramírez. After his father is murdered by fellow cartel henchmen, four-year-old Sujo is snuck out of town by women who then raise him as their own. As Sujo grows into a young man, he and his friends follow temptation and the lure of easy money back into town, where further tragedy awaits. Unlike most stories set in the milieu of Mexican cartels, Sujo’s arc doesn’t end there. He moves to Mexico City to earn an honest, threadbare living, and begins to audit classes thanks to a sympathetic teacher. But violence still shadows him, and there may be a limit to what he can escape. Rondero and Valadez’s follow-up to their critically acclaimed Identifying Features has the time-spanning breadth of an epic and multifaceted cinematic chops to match. It also has an extraordinary fidelity to the lived moment, unfurling via a series of you-are-there long takes that assert Sujo’s humanity regardless of the traps ensnaring him. Sujo is a major work by two of the finest young filmmakers of their generation. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize, World Dramatic Competition at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival. New York premiere 

Preceded by:
Lateral
Dir. Charlie Shackleton. 2023, 11 mins. 3D. Artist Charlie Shackleton (As Mine Exactly, The Afterlight) scours cinema history for hidden depths in this improvised experiment in perception, presented in stereoscopic 3D. World premiere

Tickets: $20 / $15 for MoMI members. Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.