• Sundance Film Festival

  • San Sebastian International Film Festival

    Casa de America Award
  • Cartagena International Film Festival

    Best actor
  • Guadalajara International Film Festival

    Mayahuel Debut Film Award, Latinofusion Award
  • Rencontres Toulouse Latinamerican Film Festival

    Ciné Cinéma en Cine en Construcción Award
  • Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival

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The Cinema Hold Up is a vibrant, authentic, and wonderfully observed portrait of the tempo and texture of today’s Mexican youth culture. First-time feature director Iria Gómez Concheiro draws pitch-perfect performances from the talented ensemble cast and registers a strong and original voice in Mexican cinema. Negus, Chale, Sapo and Chata are teenagers who grew up in the same rundown district of Mexico City. They spend their days listening to hip-hop, smoking marihuana and fantasizing about the opposite sex. One day they have the bright idea of robbing a movie theater, jeopardizing the one sure thing they have in life – their friendship.

An explosive, entertaining comedy with impeccable performances, this original, unpredictable debut establishes Iria Gómez Concheiro as a promising new voice in Mexican cinema. Gómez Conchiero acknowledges a debt to Italian neorealism and Brazilian Novo Cinema, and she has a liking for gritty locations, long tracking shots and non-pro actors. Yet she doesn’t push any sort of sociopolitical agenda, and her work here (shooting entirely in Mexico City’s colorful yet notorious Colonia Guerrero) has an effortless sense of place. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

About the Director
Iria Gómez Concheiro was born in Mexico City in 1979. Her short film Dime lo que sientes, won the Ariel Award for Best Fiction Short Film. Asalto al cine (The Cinema Hold Up), her first feature, won the Cine Cinéma Award from the Films in Progress section at the Rencontres Cinéma d’Amérique Latine in Toulouse, followed by the Films in Progress Casa de América Award at San Sebastian Festival’s 58th edition. Prior to this, she competed in the Sundance Film Festival and won the Best First Film Award at the Guadalajara Festival.

“First Rate Caper. Colorful cinematography, buoyant music, and the sounds of the street. In the end, you can’t help but feel for these kids.”HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

“An immensely likable…a wealth of organic pleasures… it announces debut director-writer Iria Gomez Conchiero as a talent worth tracking.”VARIETY

“Iria Gomez Conchiero’s engaging and impressively structured heist movie is a cinematic pleasure, blending the crime genre with slacker youth and coming up with a vibrant Mexican genre film well worth looking at”SCREEN DAILY