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Lupe Under the Sun

Lupe Bajo el Sol

World Fiction Competition


(2016, 78 min.)

Directed by: Rodrigo Reyes
Screenwriter: Rodrigo Reyes
Producers: Su Kim
Cinematographer: Justin Chin
Editor: Manuel Tsingaris
Music: Pablo Mondragón
Cast: Daniel Muratalla, Ana Muratalla

Long estranged from his family in Michoacán, migrant laborer Lupe finds relief from the backbreaking work of harvesting peaches in California’s Central Valley through beer-drenched camaraderie and a quiet love affair with fellow immigrant Gloria. Soon the stability of his daily routine begins to crack under the weight of a life scarred with regret and missed opportunities.

Filmed in a classic neorealist style, director Rodrigo Reyes’s deeply moving debut fiction feature, inspired by the life of his own grandfather, is at once an intimately drawn meditation on life’s missed chances and a tale of the universal struggles of immigrants. Winner of Film Independent’s Canon Filmmaker Award, Reyes’s unforgettable film heralds the arrival of an important new voice in American cinema.
–Cedar Sherbert

Hosted by University of Guadalajara Foundation, NALIP and UCLA Latin American Institute

Second screening added by popular demand.

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