Antonio Méndez Esparza
Antonio MÉNDEZ ESPARZA (1976, Spain) earned a law degree before moving to the USA and receiving an MFA in Film from Columbia University. In 2009, Esparza’s short film Time and Again won Best Narrative Short in Los Angeles. His debut feature Here and There (2012) was selected for the competition of International Critique’s Week in Cannes and won the Grand Prix. It was well represented in over sixty film festivals worldwide and won Best Film in Montreal, Mumbai and Texas. His second feature Life and Nothing More (2017) had its world premiere in Toronto’s Contemporary World Cinema programme.
Antonio Méndez Esparza at IFFR
Life and Nothing More
Nothing more, but certainly nothing less than life. Two lives, to be precise: that of the black teenager Andrew and of his single mother, in a small town in Florida. The underprivileged kid gets into trouble and the system doesn’t budge an inch. Meanwhile, his young mother yearns for a life of her own.