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Director
Christopher Zalla

Filmography
2007 Padre Nuestro

Biography
He was born in Kisumu, Kenya. He spent much of his youth overseas and worked for nine summers as a commercial salmon fisherman in Alaska’s Bering Sea. He received his MFA with honors in Directing from Columbia University’s graduate Film Program, where he served as a teaching assistant and the faculty awarded him a full research assistant fellowship for merit as a top student. Prior to Padre Nuestro, he wrote Marching Powder for Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment. He is fluent in Spanish and lives in New York City.

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Padre Nuestro / Christopher Zalla

Juan and Pedro meet in the back of a tractor-trailer filled with illegal Mexican immigrants headed for New York City. Pedro shows Juan a sealed letter that his mother, now dead, has given him – an introduction to the father he never knew.When they arrive in Brooklyn, Pedro wakes to find himself alone and his belongings, including the letter with his father’s address, stolen. He wanders the streets and – unable to speak the language – lost in an unknown city. On its surface, Padre Nuestro is a suspenseful drama about loss of identity. But on a much deeper level it’s a film about family relationships and the ambiguous nature of morality.


Director:Christopher Zalla
Script:Christopher Zalla
Cinematography:Igor Martinovic
Editing: Aaron Yanes
Music:Brian Cullman, Art Direction: Tommaso Ortino
Costumes:Taphat Ta Wil
With:Jesús Ochoa (Diego), Armando Hernández (Juan), Eugenio Derbez (Anibal), Jorge Adrián Espíndola (Pedro), Paola Mendoza (Magda)
Producer:Benjamin Odell, Per Melita
Production:Panamax Films
Production Country:U.S.A.
Co-production:Two Lane Pictures, Cinergy Pictures,True True Stories (USA)
Format:HD Cam, Color
Duration:111'
Production Year:2007
Screening Schedule
STAVROS TORNES:Friday, November 23, 2007 - 1:00
FRIDA LIAPPA:Friday, November 23, 2007 - 17:00
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