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Director
Antonio Méndez Esparza

Filmography
2009 Una y otra vez (short)
2012 Aquí y allá

Biography
Antonio Méndez Esparza was raised in Madrid, and has lived in New York City, Mexico, and Madrid for most of the past decade. Aquí y Allá, his debut narrative feature film is a culmination of five years of work to bring the story to life through his method of narrative filmmaking. His most recent short film, Una y otra vez, also featured Pedro De los Santos and led naturally to the development of Aquí y allá. Una y otra vez won Best Narrative Short at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival and won first prize at the Concurso de Cortometrajes Versión Española, in addition to other accolades. He holds an MFA in Filmmaking from Columbia University.

International Competition

Aqui y alla / Antonio Méndez Esparza

Here. And there. Here, Pedro returns to his village in Mexico and reconnects with his wife and two daughters, who have to get to know him all over again since they haven’t seen him in years. It doesn’t take long for Pedro to feel at home and become familiar again with people and places, and for him and his wife to have a third child, which adds even more to his financial worries. But his love is big. He tries to form a band, to work wherever he can, to spend time with his girls, to be there for his woman. There, stands America, from whence he came and to where, they fear, he might always return. In between places, Pedro’s feeling of being in limbo becomes tangible. Small everyday moments turn into scenes of incredible beauty and humanity, weaving together bonds, emotions and desires. Words are scarce in Aqui y αllá, rhythms are smooth, but their overtone clear.


Director:Antonio Méndez Esparza
Script:Antonio Méndez Esparza
Cinematography:Barbu Balasoiu
Editing:Filippo Conz
Sound:Lawrence Herman
Music:Copa Kings
Art Direction:Priscila Charles Calderón
With:Pedro De los Santos Jáarez (Pedro), Teresa Ramírez Aguirre (Teresa), Lorena Guadalupe Pantaleón Vázquez(Lorena), Heidi Laura Solano Espinoza (Heidi), Néstor Tepetate Medina (Leo), Carolina Prado Ángel (Karla)
World Sales:Alpha Violet, France Virginie Devesa T. +33 1 47 97 39 84 info@alphaviolet.com www.alphaviolet.com
Producer:Ori Dov Gratch, Tim Hobbs, Pedro Hernández Santos, Diana Wade, Antonio Méndez Esparza
Production:Torch Films, USA T.+1 212 292 3126 info@torchfilms.comwww.torchfilms.com & Aquí y Allá, Spain T. +34 910 099 963 info@aquiyallifilms.com www.aquiyallifilms.com
Production Country:Spain-USA-Mexico
Co-production:Aquí y Allá (Spain) & Copa Films Development (USA)
Format:HDCAM Color
Duration:110'
Production Year:2012
Critics’ Week Grand Prize – Cannes IFF 2012
In the Spirit of Freedom Award – Jerusalem FF 2012
Screening Schedule
OLYMPION:Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - 15:45 | ID:413
FRIDA LIAPPA:Wednesday, November 07, 2012 - 20:15 | ID:545
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