Porfirio


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Subjects: Disabilities, Drama, Film Studies, Health Issues

Grade Level: Coll-Adult
Producer: Magic Lantern Films
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 101 mins
Country of Origin: Columbia
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2011
Available in French: No

Paralyzed from the waist down by a stray police bullet, the title character in Alejandro Landes’s award-winning film spends his days selling minutes on his cell phone, flirting with his comely neighbor—and secretly plotting his revenge.

Landes worked on the film for five years, creating a tale that joins the most intimate details of Porfirio’s day-to-day life with an astonishing recreation of his attempt to hijack an airplane.

“In this collaborative merger of documentary fact and the filmmaker’s imagination, Mr. Aldana embraces the fantastic drama of his own life.”  - Steve Dollar, The Wall Street Journal
 
In Spanish with English sub-titles.


Awards:

Grand Jury Prize, Amsterdam Film Festival
Grand Jury Prize and Best Actor, Biarritz Film Festival
 
Toronto International Film Festival
Director’s Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival
New Directors/New Films 2012
San Sebastian International Film Festival
Busan International Film Festival


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