Jonathan and Yesi are in love, but fearfully keep this from Mister Clean, their dodgy boss on the bin waggons. In Mexico City, there is no end to the refuse. Cardboard and plastic are separated on the spot, and half-empty bottles of drink finished off in one go; for tips, they will collect the refuse from your kitchen. Everything changes when a body turns up among the containers, its pockets stuffed with cash. Mister Clean comes up with a plan that will benefit them all. In today’s Mexico, it’s simply impossible not to get tangled up in the wretchedness of the violent underworld.
This second feature by Michel Lipkes shows an inescapable downward spiral – though not without a glimmer of hope – in luscious black-and-white. Film buff Lipkes nods to masters through clever references and symbolism, making Strange But True both a homage and movie-spotter’s delight on several levels. Hope, love and belief in the power of cinema. 

International title
Strange But True
Filmmaker
Michel Lipkes
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Mexico
Year
2017
Medium
DCP
Length
93’
Language
Spanish
Producer
Matías Meyer, Michel Lipkes
Production Company
Axolote Cine
Sales
Axolote Cine
Writer
Michel Lipkes, Gabriel Reyes, Rubén Imaz
Cinematography
Gerardo Barroso Alcalá
Editor
León Felipe González, Michel Lipkes
Production Design
Claudio Ramirez Castelli
Sound Design
Jose Miguel Enriquez, Jaime Juarez
Music
Galo Durán
Cast
Alfredo Blanco, Kristyan Ferrer, Luis Enrique Parra, Itzel Sarmientos