Mai Morire

Film Info
Section:New Directors
Premiere Status:Mexico
Year of Prod:2012
Running Time:83
Original Language:Spanish
dir:Enrique Rivero
prod:Paola Herrera
Enrique Rivero
scr:Enrique Rivero
Aleka Rivero
cam:Arnau Valls Colomer
editor:Enrique Rivero
Javier Ruiz Caldera
mus:Alejandro de Icaza
cast:Margarita Saldaña
Amalia Salas
Juan Chirinos
source:Ramonda Inc.
91 rue de Ménilmontant
Paris 75020
Stoic and sturdy, Chavo is a practical woman respectful of traditions, but seemingly too busy with the difficult realities of everyday life to spend much time contemplating the grand mysteries of existence. Returning home from her job in the city to care for her feeble, 99-year-old mother, Chavo is determined to keep her in good health and spirits. She stubbornly plans for her mother’s 100th birthday, even as it is clear that the old woman is more than prepared for her last breath. Chavo struggles to understand how her mother is so at peace with dying, while also grappling quietly with the strained relationships she has with her distant husband and two children, who have grown accustomed to her long periods of absence. Highly attuned to the beauty and wonder of the natural world, Mai Morire is a haunting meditation on death as a part of life. Inspired by a woman he met while making his first film, as well as his experience with the passing of his own mother, director Enrique Rivero conjures the magical, nearly pre-Columbian-looking town of Xochimilco through ethereal landscapes, dense layers of sound and attentively observed rituals of memorial. With an austere style and gentle touch, he plumbs powerful emotion from beneath the film’s placid surface, resulting in a poetic evocation of death as a transformative event experienced by the living.
-Jesse Dubus

Co-presenter: Museo Italo Americano
Additional Information

Enrique Rivero

Born in 1976, Enrique Rivero directed two short films before working as an Assistant Director on Pedro Aguilera’s 2007 Cannes Director’s Fortnight selection La Influencia. His own 2008 debut feature Parque Via won the Golden Leopard and FIPRESCI award at the 2008 Locarno International Film Festival, before going on to participate in more than 60 festivals worldwide.Mai Morire, which premiered in competition at November’s Rome Film Festival, is his second feature film.