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LA CIVIL

Opens Friday, March 3
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DIRECTED BY TEODORA ANA MIHAI

LA CIVIL unfolds with documentary-like precision as it details the human impact of drug cartels in Northern Mexico. Cielo (Arcelia Ramírez, in a galvanizing performance) learns her daughter Laura has been kidnapped when a baby-faced teenager orders her to pay 150,000 pesos if she wants to see Laura again. With no police support, Cielo embarks on her own investigation, peeling back layers of Mexico’s societal corruption in an increasingly desperate effort to save her child. Inspired by true events, Belgian-Romanian director Teodora Ana Mihai delivers a bold and suspenseful debut feature, collaborating with Mexican co-screenwriter Habacuc Antonio De Rosario and world-renowned co-producers Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, Cristian Mungiu, and Michel Franco.

With support from the Robert E. Appel Fund for Spanish and Portuguese Language Films

2021      135 MIN.     BELGIUM / ROMANIA / MEXICO      IN SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES     ZEITGEIST FILMS IN ASSOCIATION WITH KINO LORBER

Reviews

“Teodora Ana Mihai makes an explosive fiction debut… a gripping thriller that balances tension with a nuanced portrait of the culture of violence that has come to define modern Mexico. A commanding, award-worthy central performance from Arcelia Ramírez is the ace in the hole of [this] involving tale… Ramírez brings Cielo vividly alive, capturing her anger, exasperation and a resolve that manifests itself in everything from her purposeful stride to the nerves she quietly controls during a raid on a cartel stronghold… LA CIVIL paints a compelling picture of a society in which nobody can be trusted and everyone is complicit in a neverending cycle of violence, intimidation, and revenge.”
– Allan Hunter, Screen

“Probing. May well be accurately described as a revenge narco-western set in Northern Mexico… tensely thrilling. [Arcelia] Ramírez gives a towering performance.”
– Manuel Bettancourt, Variety

“Gripping…[an] auspicious feature debut. [Arcelia] Ramírez is exceptional in the lead role… [she] makes viewers feel the weight of Cielo’s struggle throughout LA CIVIL, which is why the film is so powerful. [Filmmaker Teodora Ana] Mihai gives voice to the individuals — the criminals, the victims, and the innocent bystanders — to show the ripple effects of the cartel violence in Northern Mexico… an authentic portrait of this dangerous world.”
- Gary M. Kramer, Salon.com

Trailer

LA CIVIL

Opens Friday, March 3

Film Forum