Archive of films In the Pit / En el hoyo

2005, 85 min

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Year: 2006

There’s an old Mexican legend which says that, whenever a new bridge is completed, the devil demands one soul in exchange for its preservation. A compelling chronicle of the days the director spent with several workmen hired for the construction of the largest freeway bridge in Mexico City; the winner of the international documentary film competition at this year’s Sundance festival.


The winning film in the World Documentary Competition at this year’s Sundance festival is a compelling chronicle of the days the director spent with several workmen hired for the construction of the second layer of the Periférico freeway in Mexico City. Together with Rulfo, we observe their toil, often in highly risky situations, but also listen to the joking, swearing and philosophising of Shorty, El Grande and other heroes of the ordinary workday. The phenomenon of the ubiquitous yet invisible, constantly changing freeway provides the director with invaluable material for psychological profiles of individuals working in this “compressed” environment. Using a disarmingly natural approach, Rulfo’s film combines civil aspects with elements of mysticism, set against the background of street sounds clunking to the industrial rhythm. In the Pit, another example of the remarkable Mexican documentary school of recent years, proves that an inspired social probe can be filmed with exceptionally creative invention.

About the director

Juan Carlos Rulfo (b. 1964, Mexico City) graduated in communication sciences and later film direction at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica. His graduation film, the short Grandfather Cheno and Other Stories (El abuelo Cheno y otras historias, 1994) was nominated for a Student Oscar. Rulfo’s feature-length documentary debut Juan, I Forgot, I Don’t Remember (Del olvido al no me acuerdo, 1999) was screened at many festivals, including Toronto, San Francisco, Havana and Sundance.


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About the film

Color, 35 mm
European premiere

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Director: Juan Carlos Rulfo
Dir. of Photography: Juan Carlos Rulfo
Music: Leo Heiblum
Editor: Valentina Leduc
Producer: Juan Carlos Rulfo
Production: La Media Luna Producciones
Contact: Funny Balloons, La Media Luna Producciones


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