SUNDOWN World Cinema


Michel Franco returns to AFI FEST with his latest film which follows a family emergency that summons siblings Neil and Alice Bennett away from their luxurious Acapulco vacation and back to London, with Neil conveniently discovering his passport has disappeared, keeping him in Mexico with thin promises of a speedy return. Armed with his family’s wealth and free of obligations, Neil quickly takes up residence at a budget motel, befriending a shady network of locals and tending to a budding romance with salesclerk Berenice. Yet as he increasingly becomes a stranger to his own family in a tourist economy where everyone needs a hustle to get by, the weight of privilege and his own devastating secret begin taking over his life, leading to an unforeseen tragedy and a reckoning with the effects of capital and the desires of the soul. –Cedar Sherbert

Michel Franco was born in Mexico City in 1979. His award-winning films – which have all screened at AFI FEST – include CHRONIC (2015 Cannes Film Festival), LAS HIJAS DE ABRIL (2017 Cannes Film Festival), DESPUES DE LUCIA (2012 Cannes Film Festival) and NEW ORDER (2020, Winner of the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival).

Eréndira Nuñez L.


Country: Mexico

Year: 2021

Director: Michel Franco

Screenwriter: Michel Franco

Producers: Michel Franco, Eréndira Núñez L., Cristina Velasco L.

Executive Producers: Tim Roth, Lorenzo Vigas

Director of Photography: Yves Cape

Editors: Oscar Figueroa Jara, Michel Franco

Production Designer: Claudio Ramírez Castelli

Cast/Featuring: Tim Roth, Iazua Larios, Charlotte Gainsbourg

Running Time (minutes): 84

Languages: Spanish, English