A Journey Into the Heart
of the Border
A film by Rodrigo Reyes
(US/Mexico, 80 min.
In Spanish with English subtitles)
Reyes’ provocative and riveting essay film reimagines the U.S./Mexico border as a mythical place comparable to Dante’s purgatory, and leaving politics aside, he takes a fresh look at the brutal beauty of the border and the people caught in its spell.
By capturing a stunning mosaic of compelling characters and broken landscapes that live on the both sides of the border, the filmmaker reflects on the flaws of human nature and the powerful absurdities of the modern world. An unusual border film in the auteur tradition of caméra-stylo, Purgatorio ultimately becomes a fable of humanity, an epic and visceral experience with powerful and lingering images.
Winner, Best Documentary - New Orleans Film Festival
Winner, Michael Moore Award - Ann Arbor Film Festival
25 New Faces of Independent Cinema - Filmmaker Magazine
Official Selection - MoMA's Documentary Fortnight
Official Selection - Guadalajara Film Festival
A Matson Films release