• The Montreal World Film Festival

    FIPRESCI Award
  • Guadalajara International Film Festival

    FIPRESCI Award
  • Mexican Academy of Cinema, Ariel Awards

    Nominated Best Opera Prima 2015
  • Guadalajara Construye

    Winner
  • Festival CINERAMABC

    Winner Best Director
  • Primer Corte Ventana Sur

    Winner
  • Havana's Int'l Festival of New Latin American Cinema

  • Beijing International Film Festival

  • Guanajuato Film Festival

  • New York Havana Film Festival

  • Monterrey Film Festival

  • Los Cabos International Film Festival

Related Films
El AmparoEl Amparo(El Amparo)Rober CalzadillaIn the Venezuelan town of El Amparo, near the border with Colombia, a group of fishermen sets off down the Aruca River. But only two men return, their ...The CompanionThe Companion(El Acompañante)Pavel GiroudCUBA’S OFFICIAL ENTRY TO THE ACADEMY AWARDS® Set in 1988 Cuba as the government dispatched HIV patients to AIDS centers under military rule, The ...Don’t Call Me SonDon’t Call Me Son(Mãe só há uma)Anna Muylaert This poignant coming-of-age film from Brazil is focused on Pierre, seventeen and in the middle of puberty. Ever since his father’s death, his mother ...TempestTempest(TEMPESTAD)Tatiana HuezoA poignant doc by celebrated filmmaker Tatiana Huezo, Tempest narrates the parallel journey of two women. Mirror-like, it reflects the impact of the ...The Empty ClassroomThe Empty Classroom(El Aula Vacía)Gael García Bernal, Carlos Gaviria , Daniel and Diego Vega, Eryk Rocha, Flavia Castro, Lucrecia Martel, Mariana Chenillo, Nicolas Pereda, Pablo Fendrik, Pablo Stoll Ward, Tatiana HuezoNearly half of all young people in Latin America never finish high school. To explore this dropout crisis, creative director Gael García Bernal ...Sealed CargoSealed Cargo(Carga Sellada)Julia Vargas WeiseBOLIVIA’S OFFICIAL ENTRY TO THE ACADEMY AWARDS® With a promotion in the offering and his beautiful wife Nena at his side, things couldn’t ...Ixcanul, VolcanoIxcanul, Volcano(Ixcanul, Volcán)Jayro BustamanteGUATEMALA’S OFFICIAL ENTRY TO THE ACADEMY AWARDS® The brilliant debut by Guatemalan filmmaker Jayro Bustamante is a mesmerizing fusion of fact and ...The Travel AgentThe Travel Agent(Pequeñas Mentiras Piadosas)Niccolò BrunaFrom her tiny office overlooking the U.S. Interests Section, 58-year old Lourdes counsels thousands of Cubans seeking a U.S. travel visa. She coaches ...The Second MotherThe Second Mother(Que horas ela volta?)Anna Muylaert BRAZIL’S OFFICIAL ENTRY TO THE ACADEMY AWARDS® An excitingly fresh take on some classic themes and ideas, The Second Mother dissects with both ...GuaraníGuaraní(Guaraní)Luis ZorraquínA heartfelt story, Guaraní follows fisherman Atilio as he travels with his granddaughter Iara to Buenos Aires. His great desire is to have a grandson to ...TrumanTruman(Truman)Cesc GayWhen Julián (super star Ricardo Darín, SFC’s Chinese Take-Away) receives an unexpected visit from his childhood friend Tomás (Javier Cámara), ...The Country of FearThe Country of Fear(El país del miedo)Francisco EspadaA festival favorite, The Country of Fear touches upon one of the most talk about behavioral issues happening on campus these days. Carlos, Sara, and ...Everybody LeavesEverybody Leaves(Todos se van)Sergio CabreraShot in Colombia (because the director didn’t get permission to film in Cuba) and featuring a cast consisting mostly of expatriate Cuban actors, ...The ClubThe Club(El Club)Pablo Larraín  CHILE´S OFFICIAL ENTRY TO ACADEMY AWARDS The Club is acclaimed director Pablo Larraín’s taut, blackly comic commentary on individual ...Mr. KaplanMr. KaplanÁlvaro BrechnerFilmmaker may be available for a Q&A via Skype. Speaker fee: $300. Inquire at filmclub@pragda.com. Uruguay’s official selection for Best Foreign ...
Spanish Film Club
Order your 5 film program now!Add to Cart

Spanish with English subtitles

With Juan Carlos Colombo, Sofía Espinosa, Harold Torres, Susana Salazar

Open Cage takes a subtle and ultimately hopeful look into one of society’s mayor issues: the abandonment to its youth and senior populations.

Among those affected when the economy collapses are rebel teenager Flavia and her elderly and grumpy neighbor Martín. Outside the building there is a camp of protesters among whom human values still govern coexistence. However, its members have a serious problem: they need a shower. Flavia, Martín, and their neighbors down the street will learn to relate to each other, not only to survive the crisis, but to rediscover the meaning of their lives.

Juan Carlos Colombo as Martín and Sofía Espinosa as Flavia, carry the film with incredible chemistry. With Open Cage, Max Zunino proposes an optimistic solution to a conflict that may appear hard to solve, but that may be lessened by calling on small individual changes that allow us to get along better with others.

About the Director
Max Zunino graduated in Science and Information Technology in Mexico and continued his studies at The International Film and Television School in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba.

He has directed several short films, including Recuerdo del mar (Memory of the Sea), which won best short film at the International Independent Film Festival in Barcelona, and obtained a special jury mention recognition at the International Film Festival in Austin, Texas. It was also selected for the Mexican Film Showcase in London, organized by the Royal Court of Arts.

Max has worked as a television director on series such as Bienvenida Realidad (Welcome Reality), produced by Sony Entertainment. His script for the feature film Entrevero (Jumble) was selected to participate in the workshop of Ibermedia, Bolivia Lab 2012.

Press

“Zunino’s motif of cages and feeling socially (and economically) confined keeps the film both visually interesting and thematically relevant. All told, the film’s acting, writing, and cinematography are so carefully realized that it’s hard to believe this is Zunino’s first feature.” – Jake Howell, Toronto Film Critics Association

“A story of generosity, solidarity and support despite human issues on both social and personal scales. With a plot that differs from those that characterize Mexican cinema, writer/director Max Zunino, who wrote the film together with his producer and star, Sofía Espinosa (aka the next Gloria Trevi on the big screen), creates a film of universal dimension.” – Mabel Salinas, En La Butaca

Notes on Film

The idea for Open Cage…came from an article in a Spanish newspaper which mentioned that a large percentage of the protesters in the Plaza del Sol in Madrid were under twenty five or over fifty years of age. Both of these groups, retired people and students, were the hardest hit by the political and economic adjustments at that time, turning their opportunities for development and wage-earning to dust.

The main characters, Martin and Flavia, represent these groups of society that the system has suddenly abandoned. Depressed, apathetic and completely unmotivated, they must break from the individualistic order and find within themselves a sense of solidarity toward others as a way of surviving in a system detached from people’s needs. Open Cage proposes an optimistic solution to a conflict that may appear hard to solve, but that may be lessened by calling on small individual changes that allow us to get along better with others.

THE ECONOMY AS A CREATIVE CONCEPT

Because economy not only was an important aspect of the story, but also affected the production of the film, we thought about incorporating it as a concept to work with. We found the perfect narrative and aesthetic view for the story, turning economy into a strength rather than a weakness. This decision pervaded every angle of the movie, from the writing of the script, the art design, and production, to the language from which the camera tells the story.