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“In Mexico, it’s very difficult to make films – and to live,” explained the chilango director and güero Alejandro Molina in perfect English while his mestiza translator stood by silently.
It took Molina seven years to make De día y de noche, about life in a metropolis where residents are forced to live on either the day or night shift due to overpopulation.
Mexico City has been prohibiting certain cars from transiting on certain days of the week since 1989, but Molina said his inspiration for the film came from the city’s shift ten years ago to conducting all heavy transport operations at night. De día y de noche is memorable as a contemplative anti-Hollywood piece of Mexican science fiction, and ends with 15 minutes of no dialogue.
“Silence is maybe a good thing for us,” Molina shrugged.
Also remarkable is the aesthetic of Pre-Colombian structures as futuristic settings that inspired Molina to use Diego Rivera’s Anahuacalli Museum and the unique landscape architecture of the UNAM campus, where I studied Spanish in the trample-or-be-trampled Mexico City of 2000, as locations.
The only thing the interpreter got to translate during the Q&A was the term ‘telenovelas', which she nailed.
Go see By Day and By Night on Monday 1/31 at 2pm at the Metro 4.