Drown Among the Dead

An elderly comedian is buried up to his neck in the Mexican desert. A bitter young woman threatens to pulp his head with a nail bat; the only thing that can stall her are his stories of a mythical threshold behind which lies the absolute truth. Is she in his dream or he in hers? Or were they once the Bonnie-and-Clyde-like couple we keep seeing, exacting their revenge on the world?

In this dystopian frame story, nothing is what it seems. "Some stories have no clear beginning or end," says the old man and his tales of love, fear of death and love’s vulnerability intertwine. Nihilistic, yet wonderfully shot, this narrative offers no solution, but does provide escape routes for a doomed world. Director Gutiérrez calls this, his debut film, his opera prima.

Filmmaker
Ruben Gutiérrez
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Mexico
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
61’
Language
Spanish
Producer
Artemio Narro, Alexandro Aldrete
Production Company
Aurora Dominicana
Sales
Aurora Dominicana
Writer
Ruben Gutiérrez
Cinematography
Julio E. Valdes
Editor
Israel Cárdenas, Ruben Gutiérrez, Pablo Chea
Sound Design
Matias Barberis
Music
Rogelio Sosa , Esteban Aldrete
Cast
Horacio Salinas, Anajosé Aldrete