"The Cinema Holdup" is a vibrant, authentic and wonderfully observed portrait of the tempo and texture of today's Mexican youth culture. First-time feature director Iria Gómez Concheiro draws pitch-perfect performances from the talented ensemble cast and registers a strong and original voice in Mexican cinema. Negus, Chale, Sapo and Chata are teenagers who grew up in the same rundown district of Mexico City. They spend their days listening to hip-hop, smoking marihuana and fantasizing about the opposite sex. One day they have the bright idea of robbing a movie theater, jeopardizing the one sure thing they have in life-- their friendship. An explosive, entertaining comedy with impeccable performances, this original, unpredictable debut establishes Iria Gómez Concheiro as a promising new voice in Mexican cinema.
Sponsored by the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series Fund at Amherst College, with additional support from the Amherst College Spanish, European Studies and Film and Media Studies Departments. The Spanish Film Club series was made possible with the support of Pragda and the Embassy of Spain in Washington, D.C., Spain-USA Foundation.