Archive of films Sin nombre / Sin nombre
Mexico / USA
2008, 96 min
Seventeen-year-old Casper is a member of the Mara Salvatrucha Mexican street gang. A fateful encounter introduces him to peer Sayra as she is trying to ride the roof of a train to America’s land of dreams. This gripping, realistic thriller on illegal immigration took the Directing Award and the Excellence in Cinematography Award at this year’s Sundance festival.
Seventeen-year-old Casper is a member of the Mara Salvatrucha Mexican street gang, which considers the death of a rival gang member the prime goal. A fateful coincidence brings him together with same-aged Sayra who, along with her father and uncle, is trying to cross into the United States on a train roof via Honduras and Mexico. Debut director Fukunaga skillfully mixes various genres – thriller, illegal immigration social drama, love story, and western – without any of them seeming unbelievable. The movie’s striking visual aspect makes use of the photogenic Mexican landscape as seen from the roof of the train and yet it never slips into pretentiousness. The director subordinated his selection of little-known actors and nonactors to the strong emphasis on authenticity. The striking realism of the performances along with Fukunaga’s masterly control over image and story make Sin nombre one of the most remarkable debuts of recent years.
About the director
Cary Joji Fukunaga (b. 1977, Oakland, California) graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Working as a screenwriter, director, and cameraman led him to disparate parts of the world, from the Arctic Circle to Haiti to West Africa. In 2005 the Sundance festival presented his debut as a director of short films, Victoria para Chino, which he wrote as well. The film took over 20 international awards, including a student Oscar and a Special Mention from the Los Angeles branch of the British Film and Television Academy. His feature debut Sin nombre took the Directing Award and the Excellence in Cinematography Award at this year’s Sundance festival.
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About the film
Color, 35 mm
|Director:||Cary Joji Fukunaga|
|Screenplay:||Cary Joji Fukunaga|
|Dir. of Photography:||Adriano Goldman|
|Editor:||Luis Carballar, Craig McKay|
|Production:||Primary Productions, Canana Films|
|Cast:||Paulina Gaitan, Edgar Flores, Kristyan Ferrer, Tenoch Huerta Mejía, Diana García, Héctor Jiménez, Luis Fernando Peña|
|Contact:||Focus Features International, Bontonfilm, a.s.|
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