the black minutes A Mexican film directed by Mario Muñoz based on the book of the same name by author Martín Solares. The film noir tells a story full of intrigue, violence, corruption and heroism in the context of the 70s.
publimeter Had the opportunity to chat with director Mario Muñoz and actors Leonardo Ortizgris, Cristian Ferrer, Sofía Espinosa, who explained that this is a story with a very current theme: the disappearance and death of girls.
the black minutes by Mario Muñoz, received critical recognition at the 2022 Ariel Awards and the award for Best Narrative Feature at the most recent edition of San Diego Latino Film.
“I think making a film about the past makes sense only when there is a connection to the present, otherwise you are making a relic. The important thing about this film, which was also a discovery for me, is that that when Martin (Solares) finally wrote this novel, he did it because of the impulse he felt from the story that he had to live in Tampico as a child. The influence of a child who would later become a writer And whoever decides to write it, somehow that thread connects you to the tremendous violence that exists against women. Now, this is something so common that we see in our society”, explained Mario Muñoz.
The filmmaker also highlighted that there are issues that remain with time, “He started writing this novel 20 years back, when violence against journalists was happening and now it is a hot topic. That this film is gaining relevance as the years go by is tremendous.
“Sadly, the themes of this ’70s tale remain more relevant and haunting than ever.”
, Mario Muñoz, director.
Violence against women, the risks of practicing journalism, justice in the hands of the highest bidder, and oil and its corrupting effects remain at the heart of the main problems in Mexico.
,la chilanga She is a photojournalist who believes amidst all this context that she can do something, because she hopes to change things. She knows she is a woman in a world of men, that if it is complicated now, it seemed more complicated then. What I love about the character is that he confronts pain and human cruelty; Even then, la chilanga nOr is willing to look the other way, wants things to change and knows he has to do something. For this reason, she is a very important and fascinating character in this story,” shared Sofia Espinosa.
Leonardo Ortizgris as Lt. VrangelA man with instinct, humor and who has a peculiar bond with Rigo Tovar that gives him a unique personality.
,rangel He is a hero against his will, fate is sending him to that place, but without knowing what he is doing. what wins rangel It’s the viscera of the search for justice in a country where the institutions are highly corrupt, where the unions are corrupt, where the police are corrupt, where it is very difficult to find justice,” he explained of his character.
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The Mexican actor revealed what attracted him most when accepting the project, “What I loved about this script and the invitation was being able to talk about such a delicate, terrifying, painful subject. such as femicide and infanticide.There were scenes that were really heart-wrenching and extremely painful, especially because of the revelations.
“Justice is the story of Los Minutos Negros, but it is also the story of our country, of all the women, mothers and families who seek justice for the disappearance of their daughters and sons”
, Leonardo Ortizgris, actor.
for Christian Ferrer, who plays masseton, Film is a reflection “I think movies, great movies don’t generate answers, they generate great questions. I think the essence and form of this film can cover a very wide audience. I think it invites you, yes, to be entertained, to experiment, to live and to be moved, but at the same time, to reflect deeply on what is happening now.
When and where will it premiere on stage?
- Premieres January 25 on the VIX+ platform
- Plot. In the oil town of Paracuan in the late seventies, young Lt. Vincent Rangel (Leonardo Ortizgris) will face the darkest days of his life as he tries to capture the Jackal, a serial killer of girls hidden in a web of corruption and power.
- file. The film runs for 90 minutes, with a screenplay by Mario Muñoz and Martin Solares.