Detroit Film Theatre
September 17-19 & October 1-3
Mexico/2009—directed by Pedro González-Rubio (73 min.)
A love story between father and son, man and nature, water and sky, Alamar is set in the turquoise waters of Banco Chinchorro in the Caribbean, home to thousands of species of fish and Mexico’s largest coral reef. Balanced on the cusp between fiction and documentary, Alamar is the story of five-year-old Natan (Natan Palombini), whose Italian mother and Mexican father have separated. His mother wants to return to Rome with the boy, but before they leave, his father (Jorge Machado) escorts the urban Natan on a visit to the natural Mexican paradise of his own youth, spending days on a tiny fishing boat and nights in a reed-roofed cabin that floats atop the water. Egrets and crocodiles are their neighbors in this aquatic Shangri-La, as father and son discover a magical world that will bind them together in a profound new way. A New York Times Critics’ Pick. In Spanish and Italian with English subtitles.