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May 20–26, 2016

Chicago Premiere

Kings of Nowhere
(Los reyes del pueblo que no existe)

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Film still: Kings of Nowhere Film still: Kings of Nowhere


Audience Award
SXSW Film Fest
Best Intl Documentary Film
Zurich Film Fest
"The film's documentary impulse to understand and relay knowledge about this submerged village gradually morphs into something more attuned to the poetic dimensions and psychological toll of living there after such disastrous decline"
  —Slant Magazine
"Visually entrancing"
  —Chicago Reader

How would your town look and sound if suddenly you were the only one who lived in it? When the construction of a dam partially flooded San Marco, Mexico, most residents fled. But a handful of families stayed put, staring down the specter of approaching waters. They now live off the grid, de facto kings of a boarded-up, half-sunken community where donkeys and pigs roam the streets and the lack of noise and commerce creates a peaceful, almost monastic, vibe.

Kings of Nowhere captures the essence of a place and its people through quiet observation of daily life, but it also features unhurried interviews with residents like Miro, who makes regular tortilla deliveries to a long-eared cow stranded on a newly formed island, as well as Yoya and Jaimito, a lively older couple who cannot understand why people left, but nevertheless tell scary stories by candlelight about bandits who skulk about town after the sun goes down.

Directed by Betzabé García, 2015, Mexico, 83 mins. In Spanish with English subtitles.


  • Fri., May 20 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., May 21 at 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., May 22 at 5 & 7 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., May 23–26 at 7 & 9 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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