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Somos lo que hay
(We Are What We Are)

A film by Jorge Michel Grau

2010, Mexico, Drama / Horror

 


CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2010
NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL 2010
FANTASTIC FEST 2010 – WINNER: BEST PICTURE

Presented as part of the Cine Las Americas Signature Series at the Alamo Drafthouse

 

 

Somos lo que hay (We Are What We Are)

Dir. Jorge Michel Grau

2010, Mexico, Drama / Horror
90 min, 35mm, Color
In Spanish with English subtitles

 

A middle-aged man dies in the street, leaving his widow and three children destitute. The devastated family is confronted not only with his loss but with a terrible challenge -how to survive. For they are cannibals. They have always existed on a diet of human flesh consumed in bloody ritual ceremonies... and the victims have always been provided by the father. Now that he is gone, who will hunt? Who will lead them? How will they sate their horrific hunger? The task falls to the eldest son, Alfredo, a teenage misfit who seems far from ready to accept the challenge... But without human meat the family will die.

Shocking, bloody and deeply moving, WE ARE WHAT WE ARE is a remarkable reinvention of the horror genre - a visceral and powerfully emotional portrait of a family bound by a terrible secret and driven by monstrous appetites.

 

Un hombre muere en la calle, dejando a su viuda y a sus hijos desamparados. La devastada familia debe enfrentar no sólo su pérdida, sino un problema mayor: cómo sobrevivir... porque son caníbales. Ahora que él ya no está, ¿quién cazará? ¿Quién los guiará? ¿Cómo saciarán su hambre? La tarea recae en el hijo mayor, Alfredo, un joven inadaptado que no parece estar preparado para enfrentar el reto.

Aterradora, sangrienta y profundamente conmovedora, SOMOS LO QUE HAY es una reinvención memorable del género de terror – un retrato visceral y potente de una familia unida por un terrible secreto, y motivada por apetitos monstruosos.



About Jorge Michel Grau

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Jorge Michel Grau was born in Mexico City in 1973. He graduated with honors in directing from the Centro de capacitación Cinematografica (CCC), and studied communications at UNAM (Universidad nacional autónoma de México) and directing at the escola superior de Cinema i audivisuals de Catalunya (ESCAC) in Barcelona. Grau received a scholarship from FonCa (Fondo nacional para la Cultura y las artes/ national Fund for Culture and Arts) in the support program for overseas studies and another from the Young Creators support program. He has studied stage direction at the national University theatre school (CUT) and arts and direction with Professor Alejandro Luna at the CCC. He was selected for the “Morelia lab” at the third Morelia international Film Festival and for the “Visionary talent Campus” at the Guadalajara international Film Festival, organized by Berlinale talent in March 2008.

Awards include:
Winner FIRST FILM CONTEST IMCINE-CCC with SOMOS LO QUE HAY (WE ARE WHAT WE ARE).
Winner - BEST SHORT FILM “PRIX DU JURY JEUNE” -“10 RECONTRES DU CINEMA SUD AMERICAIN” - Marseilles, France, 2008 for PRETTIER THAN YOU.
Winner - BEST MEXICAN SHORT FILM DOCUMENTARY -9TH FESTIVAL EXPRESIÓN EN CORTO - Guanajuato Mexico, 2006 for Kaliman.

A member at the selection Committee for the “International Film schools Festival” in 2008, and of the CCC admission Committee, Grau teaches production at CCC and in the extracurricular system for UNAM, and directing at the KMZ school. SOMOS LO QUE HAY (WE ARE WHAT WE ARE) is Jorge Michel Grau’s first feature film.


Credits

CAST
Alfredo - Francisco Barreiro
Julián - Alan Chávez
Sabina - Paulina Gaitán
Patricia - Carmen Beato
Owen - Jorge Zárate
Octavio - Esteban Soberánes


CREW
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY Jorge Michel Grau
PRODUCER Nicolás Celis
DP Santiago Sánchez
EDITOR Rodrigo Ríos
SOUND DESIGNER Federico Schmucler
MUSIC Enrico Chapela
PRODUCTION DESIGNER Alejandro García
PRODUCTION COMPANIES CENTRO DE CAPACITACION
CINEMATOGRAFICA (CCC)
FONDO PARA LA PRODUCCION
CINEMATOGRÁFICA DE CALIDAD
MÉXICO (FOPROCINE)


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June 27, 7:00 PMBuy tickets

Alamo Ritz 320 East 6th Street [Map]

Presented as part of the Cine Las Americas Signature Series at the Alamo Drafthouse

 

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