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A MONSTER WITH A THOUSAND HEADS

Florida Premiere

DIRECTED BY Rodrigo Plá

Country: Mexico
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English
Original Title: UN MONSTRUO DE MIL CABEZAS

Running Time: 74min
Film Year: 2015
Category: Knight Competition

This taut new feature from Rodrigo Plá (whose The Zone screened at the Festival in 2008) reveals the hardships people face when fighting the establishment— and the extremes they will undertake to have their voices heard.

Sonia (Jana Raluy) is woken up in the middle of the night when her husband Guillermo falls out of bed in tremendous pain. Guillermo has a terminal disease, and even though his condition is severe and seems to be worsening, his insurance company refuses to green-light his request to undertake a new treatment. Unable to accept this, Sonia decides to take matters into her own hands and pursues her husband’s doctor from his clinic to his residence. After the doctor explains the level of bureaucracy she is up against, Sonia realizes that the only way to secure the treatment her husband needs is to personally confront the key players hiding underneath the abundant red tape of Mexico’s healthcare system.

As dramatic as Sonia’s actions become, her desperate demands for help reflect an ever-burgeoning need for just treatment amongst the afflicted, not only in Mexico, but in many countries where the healthcare system treats sick people like a burden to be sloughed off. Based on the novel by Laura Santullo, Plá’s bracing, suspenseful thriller helps draw our attention to this vital issue. – Andres Castillo

This film is also a part of the Lexus Ibero American Feature Film Competition.

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credits

Director: Rodrigo Plá
Producer: Sandino Saravia Vinay, Rodrigo Plá
Screenwriter: Laura Santullo

Music: Leonardo Heiblum, Jacobo Lieberman
Cinematographer: Odei Zabaleta
Editor: Miguel Schverdfinger

Cast: Jana Raluy, Sebastián Aguirre Boëda, Hugo Albores, Nora Huerta, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Emilio Echeverría, Ilys Cazés, Noé Hernández

Rodrigo Plá

Rodrigo Plá was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, and studied at El Centro de Capacitacion Cinematografica in Mexico City, where he has lived most of his life. His films include The Zone (2007), which screened at the Festival, and The Delay (2012). A Monster With a Thousand Heads (2015) is his latest film.

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