Mad Max: Fury Road meets The Florida Project in director Julio Hernández Cordón’s stunning dystopian coming-of-age tale. In this loose adaptation of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, set in a future Mexico where women mysteriously disappear, children are frequently abducted, the population is dwindling, and the cartels control everything, a young girl named Huck lives disguised as a boy to hide her gender and remain safe.
“Extraordinary! A precocious and arresting neo-realist fable.” – David Ehrlich, IndieWire
Huck lives with her loving father, Rogelio, the caretaker of an abandoned baseball camp where local gangsters gather to play. With the help of her friends, a group of lost boys, Huck decides she must fight to try and defeat the local capo. Through it all, Huck’s irrepressible spirit stands in stark contrast to the world she lives in, an unspecified grim future that feels all too current. (Dir. by Julio Hernández Cordón, 2018, Mexico/Colombia, in Spanish with English subtitles, 84 mins., Not Rated). Other festivals: Cannes; Chicago; San Sebastian | Arizona Premiere