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Films & Schedules - EL SICARIO, ROOM 164


Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 12:45 PM (Cinema 21)
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DIRECTOR: Gianfranco Rosi, Charles Bowden - UNITED STATES

The lone voice and sole subject of Rosi’s harrowing film is a nameless former Mexican narco hitman (or sicario) who spent 20 years executing male kidnapping victims, raping and strangling helpless women, setting thieves on fire, and otherwise following the bloody orders of whichever esteemed drug cartel he worked for. His face obscured in a claustrophobic Juárez hotel room, he describes his “career” and the rampant corruption of the Mexican political and law enforcement establishments in matter-of-fact tones salted with machismo. All the while, he illustrates his tales with primitive drawings on a notepad and sometimes reenacts the roles of killer and victim alike. Adapting a version of the story Bowden wrote for Harper’s Magazine, this chilling testimony of a former college student and police cadet turned murderer—who remains free today—offers a grim portrait of the price of the Mexican-American drug trade. (80 mins.)

Rosi Filmography: Boatman (93), Afterwards (00), Below Sea Level (08).

Winner of the Critics’ Prize at the Venice Film Festival.

In Spanish with English subtitles.



Interests: Spanish Language, Documentary.

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